Ponoka truck driver dies of injuries

An oilfield truck driver from Ponoka has died of injuries suffered at a jobsite near Rimbey in late September.

An oilfield truck driver from Ponoka has died of injuries suffered at a jobsite near Rimbey in late September.

The 55-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died in hospital on Saturday. Chris Chodan, a public affairs officer with Alberta Employment and Immigration, said the man was a trucker employed with Road Train Oilfield Transport.

The trucking company had been hired to pick up a tank at a site. The tank was being winched onto the truck at about 8:10 a.m. on Sept. 24 when the chain snapped, said Chodan. A piece of the broken chain flew through the back window of the truck, striking the man in the head, he said.

A STARS ambulance crew airlifted him from the scene, about 18 km northeast of Rimbey, taking him to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.

Alberta Employment and Immigration is still conducting an investigation and has not determined if charges should be laid.