Nfld. & Labrador

Truck spills thousands of litres of fuel on Northern Peninsula

An emergency environmental response team has plugged a hole in an overturned tanker truck on the Northern Peninsula that spilled thousands of litres of gasoline Saturday night.
A tanker truck spilled fuel Satarday after overturning at an intersection on Newfoundland's Nortern Peninsula. ((Courtesy: RCMP))

An emergency environmental response team has plugged a hole in an overturned tanker truck on the Northern Peninsula that spilled thousands of litres of gasoline Saturday night.

The truck, carrying 24,000 litres of gasoline and diesel, veered off route 432 at 11:30 p.m., tipped over, and began spilling its contents at the Croque intersection.

RCMP Cpl. Robert Holland says the 48 year old driver from Botwood made his way from the accident scene to Main Brook, six kilometres away, to call for help and was later taken by ambulance to hospital in Roddickton, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Environmental officials called-in a private spill response team to plug the main leak from the truck around 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Another tanker was standing-by to retrieve the remaining fuel from the damaged vehicle.