A 52-year-old man who was killed when the fuel tanker he was driving overturned near Melita isn’t originally from the area.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday, Virden RCMP attended a crash involving a flipped fuel tanker on Highway 83 near the community of Elva, located about 16 kilometres south of Melita.
The driver of the vehicle was transported to Melita hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
“At this time, what has caused this to happen is still under investigation,” RCMP spokesperson Line Karpish said.
The Brandon Sun couldn’t confirm the name of the driver yesterday, but a source said he wasn’t originally from the area, and that he chose to relocate from northern Saskatchewan to pursue a career in the oilfield industry.
Emergency responders and RCMP had to be cautious as a diesel leak was detected at the scene.
The truck was hauling 15,000 litres of diesel and the spill forced the closure of the highway for more than 16 hours while crews worked to contain and clean up the fuel.
Karpish said it could be weeks before the cause of the accident is known. A traffic collision analyst is currently examining and reconstructing the scene.
“There is a certain amount of physical evidence at the scene, but these investigations will take time,” Karpish said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 18, 2013