Last week, family and friends set up this memorial to Ian Fraser across the road from the site of the accident. (Submitted)

Friends, family mourning logging truck driver killed Nov. 15 in Caycuse

A memorial has gone up in the Nixon Creek area near Caycuse remembering a logging truck driver who died on the job earlier this month.

Ian Fraser died on Nov. 15, a week before his 69th birthday, when his truck left the road and plunged into standing water early that morning. Fraser was under contract to Kaatza Logging, a contractor for TimberWest, at the time.

According to an obituary placed in the Citizen, Fraser is survived by his wife Dana, daughter Heather, and several brothers and sisters. A celebration of his life was held in Duncan on Nov. 25.

Friends of Fraser’s have also expressed their condolences online.

“It was a sad day on the rigging when we got the call to stop logging and shut ‘er down for the day,” Raymond Monk wrote on the Gazette’s Facebook page. “Without a word said, we knew something was wrong. We don’t get shut down like that for any other reason.”

On the Cowichan Valley Citizen’s Facebook page, logging truck driver Doug Liske wrote, “My heart goes out to his family, co-workers and friends. I’m going to miss you, my friend, and every time I get in that seat your memory will be right there riding along with me.”

“We express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues affected by this tragic accident,” TimberWest President and CEO Jeff Zweig said the day of the accident. “A fatality within our forest community deeply impacts all of us. We are working closely with the RCMP, WorkSafe and our contractor on the investigation.”

WorkSafeBC is investigating the incident, but no new updates have been issued.

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