JOHN ROBBINS/Bullet News
Updated Thursday, Sept. 19
FORT ERIE – A beaver dam prevented fuel spilling from an overturned tanker truck from reaching the Niagara River.
That’s according to Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, which has responded to the scene of an accident Wednesday around 6:30 a.m. on Gilmore Road near the Queen Elizabeth Way.
MOE spokeswoman Kate Jordan said the accident caused an undertermined amount of diesel fuel to leak from ruptured compartments onto the roadway, into stormwater catch basins and to nearby Frenchman’s Creek.
Frenchman’s Creek is a tributary of the Niagara River.
“The spill extended beyond the road to nearby storm drains and has entered Frenchman’s Creek,” Jordan said in an email interview with Bullet News, Wednesday afternoon.
“The spill to the creek has been stopped and clean-up work is underway. The storm drains have been contained to prevent impacts to the creek and spilled material is being pumped out of the drains. Catch basins will also be cleaned.”
Jordan continued: “The creek flows to the Niagara River but was stopped in the creek by a beaver dam and did not reach the river. As a precaution, the ministry has advised the downstream Niagara Water treatment plant.”
No one was injured in the accident, which remains under investigation by Niagara Regional Police.
In a statement, police officials said the driver of the tanker was turning right from Petit Road onto Gilmore Road, when it rolled onto its side.
Two of the five large fuel compartments in the tanker were punctured, causing diesel fuel to spill onto the road.
“At this time, the extent of road damage is unknown,” the statement reads in part. “The road will remain closed for minimum two days until cleanup is complete and the road is deemed safe.”
A hazardous material team from Fort Erie was called to the scene and began bringing in loads of sand to contain the spill.
A second tanker truck was brought in to allow the liquid cargo to be pumped out of the reservoir of the damaged vehicle.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation was also involved in the cialis generic response and investigation.
Charges on the driver are pending the completion of the investigation by officers from the NRP’s Fort Erie Detachment.
According to a notice issued by the Town of Fort Erie Thursday morning, Gilmore Road milling and preparation is complete. Repaving should be completed by noon today and the road should reopen this afternoon.
(This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates.)
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