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Logging-truck driver airlifted to hospital after Tuesday's roll-over

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A logging-truck driver suffered undetermined facial, spinal, and rib injuries when his rig rolled into a small creek along Renfrew Road Tuesday afternoon, Shawnigan Lake's fire chief says.

Keith Shields said the 2:30 p.m. mishap, at the bottom of Kapur Hill on Renfrew, saw the loaded truck roll and land in a small creek feeding the Koksilah River.

"He's extremely lucky," Shields said of the driver found by passersby, assisted by paramedics then airlifted to Victoria hospital from a landing site near Burnt Bridge.

"When you look at the truck, you wonder how he got out. It was crumpled up pretty good."

The driver, believed to be in his 40s, was conscious when flown to hospital after the roll-over that sent some fuel and oil into the creek.

The environment ministry was trying to remove the pollutants from the creek, Shields noted.

Police were investigating the crash's cause, but were unavailable for comment by press time Wednesday.

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