Tanker-car crash wreaks havoc on 401

The London Free Press - - REGION -

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.

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