Tanker-car crash wreaks havoc on 401
CAMBRIDGE — A crash involving a tanker truck carrying jet fuel forced the closure of Highway 401 in both directions near Cambridge Sunday.
OPP Const. Robert Visconti said the truck was carrying 50,000 litres of highly flammable fuel when it rolled over shortly before 2 a.m. after colliding with another vehicle in the eastbound lanes.
The truck rolled onto its driver’s side and spilled the fuel on both eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway.
The busy artery was closed for hours while the highly flammable liquid was cleaned up.
“It was a logistics nightmare trying to get a company that will actually come out to clean up jet fuel,” Visconti said.
But by late morning, crews were cleaning up the spill, he said.
The highway was closed between Highway 6 South and Townline Road, Visconti said.
“We initially had a much bigger closure due to safety reasons because the jet fuel is so flammable, but that has been scaled back.”
The truck driver was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Visconti said.