Mystery tank forces road closure
Police and Norfolk Fire & Rescue are trying to determine how a large fertilizer tank on wheels wound up in a ditch on Norfolk Road 60 near Cultus last week.
Firefighters responded to the situation Thursday morning, Nov. 2. When they arrived, they found an anhydrous ammonia tank on wheels upside down in the ditch. They later learned it had been there since at least the night before.
Not knowing what they were dealing with, Norfolk OPP were forced to close Norfolk Road 60 for an investigation.
John verboom of Norfolk Fire & Rescue said something was dripping from the tank but the leaking ended when someone turned the tank’s tap off.
“OPP, fire, Ministry of the Environment, the Spills Action Centre, and Norfolk County public works department were involved,” verboom said in an email. “A third-party contractor was brought in to take a sample and determine what the product is.”
Norfolk Fire & Rescue declined a media request to visit the scene due to the possible toxicity of the tank’s contents.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be making a stop in the north end of Oxford County later this month.
The festive – and brightly lit – train will stop at 199 Winniett St. in Woodstock on Nov. 29, arriving at 6:40 p.m. The entertainment begins at 6:50 p.m. and continues until 7:10 p.m. before heading to its next stop.
The Holiday Train passing through Woodstock will feature Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame, as well as his son, singer-songwriter Devin Cuddy, and country singer Kelly Prescott.
“We stop at as many communities as we can along our rail lines,” CP media relations advisor Mallory McCredie said in a phone interview. “This year, we’re visiting 182 communities between Canada and the northern part of the U.S. where we have track. We try to hit as many communities as we can in that three-week period.”
The train has become an annual tradition for many families and communities along the route. While people are able to take in the entertainment, it’s also an opportunity for local food banks to receive donations for the holiday season.
“That’s the main point of this program … to raise money and food for local organizations. Every bit of money and food that’s raised in the community stays in the community,” McCredie said.
“We want people to be giving thoughtful, healthy and nourishing items to the food bank for people who need them.”
During the CP Holiday Train’s 19-year ride, the event has raised more than $13 million and four-million pounds of food for various communities, an Oct. 18 release on CP’s website stated.
The train has 13 rail cars and a locomotive that are hard to miss, as each is decked out in full holiday decoration and brightly lit.
Theprogramlaunchedin1999and features two trains - one Canadian and the other American - making quick stops to 182 communities this year, the CP release wrote.
Both trains start their journey in Montreal, Que., with the Canadian train beginning Nov. 26 and the American on Nov. 25. The American train will be passing through Woodstock and continue through southwestern Ontario, the American midwest and end in southern Saskatchewan and southern Alberta.
There are several ways to track the CP Holiday Train via CP’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages with the hashtags #Canada150and#CPHolidayTrain. CP will also have a Capture the Spirit photo contest, with people encouraged to take photos to be eligible to win a ride on the 2018 Holiday Train and a $1,000 donation to their local food bank.
The train has continued to be a way for towns and cities along the route to celebrate the holiday season.
McCredie said it’s an event that has people waiting each year to see if their town will have a stop along the train’s journey.
“The response is incredible. … People genuinely look for it and want to know when it’s coming to the community, who’s performing and which food bank is benefiting. There’s quite a crazed following that’s on top of it.”