Highway 174 reopens following tanker rollover

Highway 174 has reopened between Trim Road and Cameron Street after a tanker truck rolled over on Wednesday night.

Diesel fuel spill into Ottawa River could take several days to clean up

Highway 174 is closed in both directions this morning after this transport truck rolled over into a ditch on Wednesday evening. (Ottawa Fire Services)
Highway 174 is closed in both directions after a transport truck rollover on Wednesday evening. (CBC)
Highway 174 has reopened between Trim Road and Cameron Street after a tanker truck rolled over on Wednesday night.

The two-vehicle incident happened at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The truck ended up in a ditch and a woman driving a four-door compact car had to be removed from the car by emergency responders.

The 21-year-old woman suffered head trauma and was taken to hospital in critical condition. The driver of the transport truck was also taken to hospital.

A hazardous materials truck was dispatched to the scene and determined that the transport truck's load, a sandy material, isn't dangerous. A crew sent by a Montreal company spent the night transferring the sandy material into another truck, said fire department spokesman Marc Messier.

About 100 litres of diesel fuel from a tank on the transport truck spilled into a culvert and then into the nearby Ottawa River, Messier said. Crews only noticed the fuel spill Thursday morning when a tow truck attempted to move the rolled over transport truck for the first time.

Water rescue crews have placed absorbent booms into the river to contain the spill, and a hazardous materials unit is cleaning up the fuel in the culvert, Messier said.

Cleaning up the diesel fuel could take several days.