Mys­tery tank forces road clo­sure

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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.

GREG COLGAN

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.”

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