Ponoka trucker injured in tank site accident

  • Sep. 29, 2010 3:00 p.m.

An accident Sept. 24 at a worksite 20 kilometres north of Rimbey has left a Ponoka man seriously injured.

A large chain being used to move a piece of equipment gave way and smashed through a truck and hit the man, said STARS spokesman Cam Heke. STARS got the call shortly before 8:30 a.m. and later transported the man to Edmonton.

Harold Gold, a safety officer for Bonavista Energy Trust Ltd., said workers were moving an item off the site when the man was injured. The incident happened at the company’s Westerose tank site.

The unidentified man is a trucker with Road Train Oilfield Transport on contract for Bonavista Energy Trust Ltd., Gold said.

The man was transported by STARS ambulance to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton in critical condition. His condition today is not known.

Rimbey EMS, Ponoka EMS, Rimbey Fire and Rimbey RCMP responded to the scene.

Gold said Bonavista Energy Trust is investigating, as is Alberta Workplace Health and Safety, to determine exactly what happened. He expects to have more details on what took place in a few weeks.

No one else was injured during the incident.

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