Trucking company mourns driver in fatal highway accident

Employees at the GHL Transport Company in Anjou are mourning one of their own following the news of the highway accident yesterday involving the tanker truck that exploded, killing its driver who worked for the company.

Rick Leckner, spokesman for Transforce which owns GHL, says the company's thoughts are with the family of the driver.

"He has been with the company since 2011, three years, in his 40s and as far as I am aware, has a pretty clean record," Leckner told CJAD 800 News.

"We are thinking of the employee involved, we are thinking of all the employees involved, we are thinking of the other people that were involved in this accident yesterday, I understand there were a few other minor injuries so our thoughts go out to them as well."

Leckner said it's a difficult day for the company and its employees including 56 other drivers.

"We've offered as of early this morning psychological assistance for those who want it and clearly for those who doesn't want to be driving a truck today we encourage them not to," Leckner said.

Leckner said this appears to be the first such major accident for the company established in the early 90s and bought by Transforce in 2008.

Police are investigating the accident. The driver had left yesterday afternoon on his first delivery of the day, transporting 45,000 litres of fuel to La Plaine in the North Shore when the accident happened on the 640 east near Repentigny. 

The company delivers fuel across Quebec as well as to Ontario and the Maritimes.

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