The Crane truck that tipped over on Lochside Drive has remained in place for the last six days. (Kerri Coles/News staff)

Crane truck still upturned a week after accident on Lochside Drive

Some road closures as CRD plans to remove truck this week

The crane truck that tipped over on Lochside Drive on Jan. 24, is to be removed this week.

Monday, Ted Robbins, general manager of Integrated Water Services for the Capital Regional District (CRD) announced a plan to remove the vehicle by the end of the week. The owner of the crane truck has the responsibility to move it but matters have been complicated by the truck’s position. When the truck toppled over it came to rest about a metre from the water main responsible for all of the Saanich Peninsula’s water. Dragging the truck would risk damaging this main and result in a loss of service to much of the Peninsula.

ALSO READ: Tipped truck in Central Saanich to sit for another week

“Due to the owner’s inactivity over this period we have agreed to take the lead in moving the crane,” said Robbins.

The CRD’s plan is to use two large cranes to lift the vehicle straight-up and then lay it to rest in a prepared area away from the water main.

Preparations on site are to be conducted Tuesday with the removal of the crane on Wednesday and clean up the site on Thursday. Robbins said as a precaution they would shut off the water so that they can work around the water main safely. He said that there would be no loss of service for customers as they would engage the emergency storage supplies during that time.

Robbins beleives some fluid has leaked from the crane but “not in significant quantities.” He noted the Ministry of the Environment has been in contact with the crane owner and the site has been accessed by ICBC and Stantec, an environmental consultant, over the past week.

These agencies will assist the CRD on Thursday when they seek to clear up any contaminated ground or surface water.

A section of Lochside Drive, where the truck is located, is planned to be closed between Feb.5 and 7 so that crews can complete the removal and clean-up work.

The crane came to be on its side due to an accident on Jan. 24, when the 60-tonne heavy-lift crane pulled over to the side of the road to let a car pass. The narrow grass shoulder collapsed under its weight and the truck tipped onto its side in an agricultural field.

– With files from Nina Grossman and Keri Coles

nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Crews repair damage after Tuesday night water main break in Langford

Flooding resulted in property damage, forced evacuation from Langford homes

Two missing Victoria children found safe

VicPD responded to two separate missing children calls Tuesday

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

UPDATED: Langford homes evacuated after water main break

Break at the corner of Goldstream Avenue and Strathmore Road, several homes without water

Snow not melting fast enough for some Greater Victoria residents

Resident unhappy with lack of snow removal on Mount Doug trails

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Experts urge caution after 10 human-triggered avalanches across B.C.

One man is still stuck after avalanche on south coast

Police seize bottles of grapefruit vodka from wanted man’s snow-pants

The men were pushing two shopping carts with a woman inside

Tonight’s sporting event costs more than the Super Bowl, and Obama is going

Tickets are going for more than $4,000 to watch the Duke - North Carolina basketball game

CRTC report finds ‘misleading, aggressive’ sales tactics used by telecom industry

Report recommends measures to make a fairer situation for consumers

Police dog tracks suspect through wintry Vancouver Island backcountry

Assault suspect arrested after two-hour track by Nanaimo RCMP police dog Jager

Trudeau takes personal hit amid SNC-Lavalin controversy: poll

Overall, 41 per cent of respondents believed the prime minister had done something wrong in the affair

B.C. photographer captures otters on ice

A Langley photographer was at the right place at the right time on the Fraser River

Most Read