Truck driver

Truck driver survives after crashing into house along Vancouver Island highway – Coast Mountain News

Nanoose Bay Fire Chief Doug Penny said in his 50 years with the department he had never seen anything like it.

On Monday, October 3, shortly after 2 p.m., a tractor-trailer rig was traveling north along the 2400 block of the Island Highway north of Nanaimo when the rig veered off the road and struck a house, almost coming out the opposite side. building before the tractor came to a stop, trapping the driver in the platform under piles of debris.

Oceanside RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department and Lantzville Fire Department rushed to the scene.

It took firefighters approximately three hours to free the driver due to the amount of debris that needed to be cleared around the truck cab. Spaces were tight, severely limiting the number of people who could work around the vehicle.

“I’ve never seen anything like it and I don’t want to see it again either,” Penny said. “It’s one of those things you wouldn’t even dream of setting up a practice scenario.”

The truck was heavily loaded with large pulp mats and the impact of the crash was heard by residents across Nanoose Bay. The concussion when the truck hit the house blew out the rear windows of the house and spilled diesel fuel throughout the structure, posing a fire hazard, Penny said.

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to open the cab of the truck to extricate the driver.

“I guess there was a whole bunch of these carpets on top of [the truck cab] first they had to get out, just to see the roof of the taxi, then they opened it up like a can of soup and they pushed it out through the hole in the roof,” the fire chief said. .

Penny said six people lived in the house and none were in the house when the truck drove through it. A dog escaped from the wreckage and was later found, but two cats had not been found by 5 p.m.

Penny was delayed arriving at the scene. He had just arrived at his destination in Nanaimo when the alarm went off on his phone and pager and he couldn’t get through a traffic jam that had backed up from the crash site to south of the intersection of Ware Road and Island Highway.

The driver was on a stretcher and about to be loaded into an ambulance around 5 p.m. He was conscious and speaking with first responders.

“From what I understand the driver was flown to Vancouver [General Hospital]. I think he’s fine, not in mortal danger [injuries]. Amazing,” Penny said. “Our crews worked for, I guess, three hours to get him out… They had him on a stretcher in the driveway when I walked in and then, ambulance, I just heard them say, ‘OK, we got it from here and they’re gone”… He was conscious and talking to our crews for most of the ordeal.

Parksville Fire Rescue has set up an air ambulance landing zone at the commercial vehicle scale and inspection station south of Parksville.

As of Tuesday morning, October 4, the truck was still lodged in the house and there had been no attempt to remove it. Penny said Nanoose volunteer firefighters were on hand to maintain security at the site.

“We’re still waiting for the adjusters to come out and take a look before we move anything… We’re just there to maintain security and fire watch,” he said.


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