© Heather Taweel
An oil-delivery truck was involved in a collision with the provincial fire marshal Tuesday in Charlottetown.
Amid the intense work of meeting a huge demand for heating oil on P.E.I., a delivery truck was involved in a collision with the Provincial Fire Marshal Tuesday.
The accident involving a Co-op Energy truck and the marshal’s pick-up truck occurred about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Kent and Weymouth streets in Charlottetown.
Dave Rossiter, the Island’s fire marshal declined to comment to The Guardian about the accident.
“First and foremost, I’m glad everybody involved is OK,” said Kevin Curry, P.E.I. regional manager for Co-op Energy.
“We have been delivering oil on Prince Edward Island for 25 years without an accident and safety is paramount.
“The driver that was involved today was one of our most experienced drivers,” said Curry. “This is tough on everybody.
“Not to make excuses,” said Curry, but bright sun reflecting off wet pavement made visibility very poor at the time and location of the collision, he said.
“The last two to three weeks have been a perfect storm of events for anybody in the delivery business,” said Curry.
“Between the snow and the cold, it has put increased demand on any heat source so we have more customers needing oil so that leads to more deliveries.”
Plow operators and snow clearing workers are going around the clock to help clear the snow and ice which helps increase delivery efficiency, said Curry.
“Everybody is working their absolute best,” he said of this busy oil-delivery season.
Co-op Energy has seven oil trucks delivering Island wide, serving 8,000 customers.