‘Significant’ fuel spill northwest of Toronto contained: police

Fuel spill northwest of Toronto contained

A significant fuel spill caused when a tanker truck crashed northwest of Toronto has been contained, police said Tuesday as crews continued to clean up the area.

The truck lost control around 2:30 a.m. in Caledon, Ont., and the back tanker of two being hauled in tandem fell over in the crash and began leaking, said the Ontario Provincial Police.

Const. Stephanie Hammond said the tanker had dumped about 23,000 litres of gasoline, but the leak had been contained. She said another 10,000 litres remained in the overturned tank and was being pumped into a new tanker. 

The fuel had gone into nearby ditches and a catch basin, she said.

“This is a significant fuel spill,” Hammond said. “We have a pumper truck down there pumping out what fuel they can visibly see as well as digging out the ditches to remove the soil that has got the fuel in it as well.”

Originally, authorities thought there was no threat to nearby wetlands and the Humber River, but rainfall wreaked havoc with the cleanup, Hammond said.

“There is a potential for the fuel â€” because of the rain — to get into the Humber River and we’ve got all the tributaries and all the wetlands down there as well,” Hammond said. 

The spill occurred near the Glen Haffy Conservation Area, home to wetlands and a fish hatchery that raises rainbow trout, according to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change was also on the scene of the crash.

An environmental contractor was also helping out, said ministry spokesman Gary Wheeler.

“Contractors used sandbags and absorbent booms to contain and prevent the spill from spreading,” Wheeler said.

“A vacuum truck is being used to clean out the catch basins.”

Hammond said speed doesn’t seem to be a factor in the crash, but said it’s unclear how the driver lost control.

The OPP said late Tuesday that Highway 9 from Airport Road to Glen Haffy Road had been reopened.

 

Liam Casey, The Canadian Press

Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Kelowna reopens beach volleyball, new pickleball courts

The City of West Kelowna is asking residents to maintain safe distancing

RDCO announces spring poetry contest winners

The district received 70 poems starting from May 1

City prepares for high water at Mission Creek

Property owners are being advised to prepare for flooding

Mother duck and babies rescued from Highway 97 in Lake Country

The mother and nine ducklings were taken to Duck Lake

Non-food vendors coming back to Kelowna farmers’ market this weekend

The Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market is welcoming back several artisans on Saturday

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Chef brings farm-to-table approach to new Shuswap restaurant

Darren Bezanson opening Bistro 1460 at Hilltop Inn

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

EDITORIAL: Revisiting alcohol consumption

A proposal to allow alcohol consumption in some public spaces in Penticton deserves consideration

Bear fails to interrupt golfers in Vernon

‘It definitely was hard to putt with a bear that close, but we got it done’

State of Local Emergency declared for Boundary as communities brace for river flooding

Warm weather and heavy rain could cause sections of Kettle River system to swell beyond 2018 levels

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Okanagan toddler airlifted to hospital after suffering serious burns

Vernon’s Advanced Life Support paramedic crew was called to the scene in Enderby Thursday afternoon

Most Read