Crews throw dirt onto liquids seeping from underneath a Sproat Lake Fire Department pumper engine

Crews throw dirt onto liquids seeping from underneath a Sproat Lake Fire Department pumper engine

Sproat Lake fire truck damaged in motor vehicle incident

Sproat Lake Fire Dept. personnel had to rescue their own truck after it slid off Faber Road into a ditch, Thursday (May 8/14).

Firefighters from the Sproat Lake volunteer fire department were tasked with an unusual call after one of their pumper engines slid off the road into a shallow ditch on Faber Road, southwest of Port Alberni on Thursday morning (May 8/14).

The engine, with the driver the sole occupant, and another emergency vehicle were responding to a first responder call when the incident happened, SLFD Chief Wade Hepp said. The second vehicle continued on to the call.

The vehicle left the road just after a curve to the left, and the passenger side of the engine came to rest against a tree. The driver was treated for minor bumps and bruises, Hepp said.

Hepp added it was too soon to say what happened right now. “We’re taking pictures of the shoulder and of the truck.”

The volunteer fire department has six vehicles in its fleet, including the 1988 pumper engine involved in the incident.