Tanker truck crash near Cambridge closes Highway 401 in both directions | The Star

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Tanker truck crash near Cambridge closes Highway 401 in both directions | The Star

CAMBRIDGE, ONT.—Traffic is being forced off Highway 401 at Townline Road in Cambridge to Highway 6 South after a tractor trailer rolled over and spilled jet fuel early Sunday.

OPP Const. Robert Visconti said the traffic in both directions is being redirected off the busy highway.

Provincial police say a truck carrying 50,000 litres of highly flammable fuel crashed on Highway 401.
Provincial police say a truck carrying 50,000 litres of highly flammable fuel crashed on Highway 401.  (OPP)

He expects the lanes in both directions will be reopened later this afternoon.

The spill occurred at about 1:30 a.m. when a tractor trailer and a vehicle collided on the eastbound lanes of the 401 east of Highway 6 North, Visconti said. The truck rolled onto its driver’s side and spilled the fuel on both eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway.

Visconti said police closed off the area and have cleanup crews on site because the fuel is highly flammable.

“Our initial concern was that any spark could set it off,” he said Sunday morning.

About 50,000 litres of fuel spilled.

The road closure is expected to last until the afternoon at the earliest as it took a while for clean up to begin.

“It was a logistics nightmare trying to get a company that will actually come out to clean up jet fuel,” Visconti said.

But by late morning, crews were cleaning up the spill, he said. “We initially had a much bigger closure due to safety reasons because the jet fuel is so flammable, but that has been scaled back as the cleanup progresses,” Visconti said.

The highway is closed between Highway 6 South and Townline Road, Visconti confirmed.

He said the road will likely re-open sometime Sunday afternoon.

The truck driver was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Visconti said. No one was hurt in the other vehicle.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.

With files from the Canadian Press

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