HIGH­WAY HAZARD

With only ‘small’ amount of diesel spilled, crews hope to re­open area by early Fri­day

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - FRONT PAGE - DAVE DEIBERT AND ERIN PETROW

Crews work to off-load am­mo­nia gas from a semi that rolled on its side on Col­lege Drive between Cir­cle Drive and Cen­tral Av­enue on Thurs­day. No in­juries were re­ported and fire Chief Mor­gan Hackl said the tanker con­tain­ing hy­drous am­mo­nia was ‘not rup­tured’.

The Saska­toon fire depart­ment hopes to com­plete its cleanup by Fri­day morn­ing, af­ter a semi trans­port­ing am­mo­nia gas tipped and diesel was spilled.

Fire­fight­ers, in­clud­ing the haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als unit, and po­lice re­sponded Thurs­day around 8:30 a.m. to the rollover in the east­bound lane of Col­lege Drive at Cir­cle Drive. No in­juries were re­ported as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent, po­lice and fire of­fi­cials said in news releases, but driv­ers in the area faced sig­nif­i­cant de­lays.

All traf­fic was shut down on Col­lege Drive between Cir­cle Drive and Cen­tral Av­enue. East­bound traf­fic on Col­lege Drive was di­verted south on Pre­ston Av­enue, while west­bound traf­fic was di­verted north on Cen­tral Av­enue.

Fire Chief Mor­gan Hackl said the tanker con­tain­ing hy­drous am­mo­nia was “not rup­tured” and that a “very small” amount of diesel fuel was the only prod­uct leak­ing.

The cleanup is a multi-step process, Hackl said.

With fire crews work­ing along­side Trans­port Canada, the am­mo­nia gas in the fallen tanker was to be off­loaded onto an­other tanker. Af­ter that, crews were to work with Trans­port Canada to de­ter­mine when it would be safe to move the semi and tanker up­right. At that point, with ap­proval from Trans­port Canada, the tanker would be re­moved from the area.

The fire depart­ment ini­tially stated that the road clo­sure could be in place for up to two days, but by Thurs­day evening Hackl said crews were hope­ful to have cleanup com­plete and traf­fic re­stric­tions re­moved in time for the Fri­day morn­ing com­mute.

Fire depart­ment staff re­mained on the scene through­out Thurs­day to for safety rea­sons while po­lice were also present to help with traf­fic.

Hackl said po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the in­ci­dent.

MICHELLE BERG

MICHELLE BERG

Crews work to off-load am­mo­nia gas from a semi-truck that rolled on its side on Col­lege Drive between Cir­cle Drive and Cen­tral Av­enue in Saska­toon on Thurs­day.

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