Construction crane tips over at PoCo recreation centre

No injuries are reported, Kingsway temporarily closed between Tyner and Wilson

A crane mounted on a 10-tonne delivery truck tipped over at the Port Coquitlam recreation centre this morning leaking fuel onto the job site of the new community rec complex.

Port Coquitlam fire chief Nick Delmonico said that nobody was injured in the accident. As a precaution, firefighters have a pumper truck on scene with hose lines to dilute or wash away the fuel, said Delmonico.

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At the time of publication, the truck was still running and is too dangerous to turn off. WorkSafe B.C. is on the scene and a portion of the work site has been closed. 

Traffic will be shut down along Kingsway between Tyner and Wilson for one to two hours while a heavy duty tow truck is brought in to right the crane truck.

The truck was delivering drywall at the time of the incident, according to Delmonico.

Ventana Construction, the Burnaby-based construction firm contracted to build the complex, said it was still assessing how the truck tipped over.

The renovation and expansion of the community rec complex includes housing and commercial space on a 15-acre parcel of land in downtown Port Coquitlam.

The new centre, which will replace the old rec facilities at Wilson Avenue and Mary Hill Road, will also include a pool, ice arenas and a variety of fitness and multi-purpose space.  

In a January interview with The Tri-City News, the Port Coquitlam mayor Brad West highlighted the ongoing $132-million renovation of the Port Coquitlam recreation centre and community centre.

“The community centre is the largest project in Port Coquitlam history,” said West. “It will continue to be a huge priority and it will command an enormous amount of attention and resources from staff and council. 

 

—With files from Grant Granger and Janice Cleugh

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