New Brunswick

Tractor trailer accident closes Highway 1 near Sussex

Traffic was being detoured on Highway 1 near Sussex after a tractor trailer hauling sealed containers of natural gas left the highway in the westbound lane, flipped on its side and caught fire early Saturday morning.

Truck driver taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries

A tractor trailer hauling sealed containers of natural gas left Highway 1 near Sussex early Saturday morning. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

Highway 1 near Sussex is now open after a tractor trailer hauling sealed containers of natural gas left the highway in the westbound lane, flipped on its side and caught fire early Saturday morning.

Cpl. Mark Simon of the Hampton RCMP said the highway reopened in both directions at 2:30 p.m, 11 hours after the accident.

Penobsquis Fire Chief Milburn Rossiter said the Saint John Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Emergency Response was at the site removing the sealed containers from the trailer.

"The cab part and tires all caught on fire. It was pretty severe for a while," said Rossiter of the fire.

"It was dangerous there. We got the highway shut off quite a ways back each way from the scene there and rerouted the traffic off the No. 1 highway down through the back roads."

Simon said the driver of the truck truck was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

RCMP tweeted that the highway in both the east and westbound lanes was closed between exits 195 and 223. Traffic was detoured to Route 114, Portage Vale Road.

Rossiter said the call about the accident came in at 3:34 a.m. Fire departments from Penobsquis, Sussex and Petitcodiac responded to the scene with the RCMP.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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