Nova Scotia

Oil truck flips over on icy Terence Bay driveway, causes leak

Fire officials estimate about 500 litres of the 9,000 litres it was carrying seeped out. The driver of the truck was unharmed, but shaken.

Fire officials estimate about 500 litres of the 9,000 litres it was carrying seeped out

Fire crews are on site after a truck carrying furnace oil flipped over in Lower Prospect, N.S., Wednesday afternoon. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Frozen ground is helping keep furnace oil from spreading after a truck carrying an estimated 9,000 litres of it flipped over in an icy driveway in Terence Bay, N.S., Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of the truck was shaken but uninjured when the truck overturned.

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency division commander Scot Schaffner said he estimates about 500 litres of oil came out of the truck.

Schaffner said he's not concerned about oil getting into waterways. 

"We're fortunate now because the ground is frozen. Because what comes out stays on the ground," said Schaffner. "We have a sucker truck en route so we can probably keep it diked until the truck gets here to suck up what's in the truck."

With files from Paul Palmeter