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Vancouver Truck Accident Attorneys Report On Jet Fuel Spill Crash

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Posted on Sep 30, 2013

As Vancouver truck accident attorneys at McComb Witten, we were sorry to learn about a British Columbia truck crash that occurred when a tanker truck lost traction on a gravel logging road. The road's shoulder collapsed, sending the truck's cargo of 35,000 liters of jet fuel plunging into Lemon Creek, which empties into the Slocan River. The pollution turned the water "milky," according to a local witness.

The driver suffered only minor injuries. Unfortunately, the jet fuel released is highly toxic both to human beings and to the environment. According to Dr. Trevor Corneil, the Medical Officer for Interior Health, the type of jet fuel that spilled can damage the skin and harm the throat and airway if it is inhaled. Since the crash took place in a remote section of the province, officials are more concerned about the impact on local wildlife and fishing.

The crash happened on a Friday. By Sunday, local residents fishing downstream found enormous piles of dead fish. Environmental officials want Executive Fuel Services, the tanker trucking company, held responsible. However, it is unclear why the shoulder collapsed, when it did. Did the trucker disobey posted signs or other rules? Alternatively, did the road buckle for no good reason? British Columbia environmentalists are blaming the trucking company, for now, but the government is monitoring the clean up and offering technical input.

A local fisherman, Sarosha Stockton, posted a video of the immediate aftermath of the spill on YouTube. The avid fisherman told the Canadian Press, “I was extremely shocked. The strong odors in the air were nauseating, to say the least. The air was permeated with unburned jet fuel.”

Our Vancouver truck accident attorneys hope that officials clean up the damage swiftly, and we remind everyone out there to drive safely and to be prepared for anything.

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