St-Eustache truck crash sparks fears of diesel spill in river

A truck transporting a generator crashed into the Chêne River in St-Eustache Monday night, prompting concern about a diesel spill in the water.

Truck carrying generator crashes into Chêne River, leading to emergency containment operation

Cranes lift a generator back onto solid ground Tuesday morning, after a truck carrying it slid into the Chêne River on Monday evening. (Radio-Canada)

A truck transporting a large generator crashed into the Chêne River in St-Eustache Monday evening, prompting concern about a diesel spill in the water.

The truck veered as it approached a bridge at around 6 p.m. Monday on Industrial Boulevard, crashing into the bridge's guardrail and sliding down the embankment on its side.

The badly damaged cab ended up in the river and caught fire with the driver still trapped inside.

The driver, who police say was around 70-years-old, was eventually extracted from the wreckage by emergency response personnel and taken to hospital with burns.

His condition is not known at this time.

The truck and the generator held an estimated 4,000 litres of diesel fuel.

An emergency environmental response team was dispatched to the scene to contain any possible spill.

Around 23,000 litres of fuel-laced water was extracted from the river.