SFRS dealt with serious road traffic incident near Ullapool
21 December 2015
A tanker had fallen onto its side and was well-alight when crews arrived. Sadly a man died at the scene.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend a serious road traffic incident five miles south of Ullapool at Leckmelm on Saturday (19 December 2015).
Operations control received a call at 1pm and two appliances from Ullapool were mobilised to the scene, along with the heavy rescue unit and foam tender from Inverness.
Group Manager Fraser Nixon, who was at the scene, said: “The first appliance in attendance from Ullapool did a remarkable job when faced with a highly challenging incident involving a fuel lorry on its side, a trapped casualty, a fuel leak and a well-developed fire not only in the vehicle but in the surrounding area.
“They worked incredible hard to ensure the fire did not spread to other parts of the vehicle which could have escalated the incident significantly.
“Tragically the driver of the lorry died, but the crews from Ullapool and Inverness, under the guidance of Incident Commander Station Manager Alex McKinley, worked tirelessly in treacherous conditions to deal with the incident.
“SFRS personnel worked alongside our partners from Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service throughout the incident and ensured that any impact on the environment was considered through consultation with SEPA representatives.”
He added: “Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would like to send its condolences to the family at this difficult time. The commitment, determination and fortitude demonstrated by all SFRS personnel at this tragic incident is a credit to themselves and their units.”