A Qualicum Beach gas station was damaged Sunday after a truck loaded with firewood crashed into a fuel pump.
Capt. Jeremy Morton with the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department said crews were called to the collision at the Chevron at 3850 West Island Highway, near Texada Road, at around 9:40 p.m. Fire crews believe the truck was going southbound on the highway prior to the crash.
Morton said the truck was the only vehicle involved in the collision and part of a fuel pump sheared off following the crash. No vehicles were filling up in the gas station.
According to Morton, the business was getting ready to close for the night and staff were able to hit the emergency pump shut-off immediately after the crash.
Morton said the driver suffered minor injuries but did not need to go to the hospital. RCMP were on scene before fire crews and the highway was shut down for a couple of hours following the crash.
Firewood did spill out of the back of the truck but none of the pieces caught fire.
“We’re very glad this didn’t get any more hazardous than it already was,” Morton said.
Repairs at the gas station are ongoing and the cause of the crash is under investigation by RCMP. The gas station is open today. Two pumps and the diesel pump are operational.