Logging Truck Engine Fluid Spill near Caycuse B.C.

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Incident Description

Incident Date November 15, 2017
Name Logging Truck Engine Fluid Spill near Caycuse B.C.
Source Logging Truck
Nearest Community Caycuse, B.C.
Spilled Content Engine fluid and fuel
Who is involved? First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) and Lake Cowichan First Nation.

 


Response Phase Detail

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Most Recent Update

November 15, 2017 - 11:06 am

A single logging truck was involved in a Motor Vehicle Incident which resulted in the vehicle going off the road into standing water beside roadway. The vehicle was reported to be submerged at this time. Location is 2 kms past Nixon River Bridge which is 3km East of Caycuse. The truck is a sub-contractor for Caatza Logging.

RCMP & Duncan Fire Rescue was tasked for swift water rescue and were not able to locate the driver. The RCMP dive team is on route for possible recovery of driver. Heavy equipment is on-route for recovery.

No indications as to how much fuel is onboard due to vehicle being submerged however sheen on water and diesel odor was noted. Fire Department has deployed spill pads to address fuel leakage

Notifications have been made to First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) and Lake Cowichan First Nation.