Nova Scotia

Truck flips, closes portion of Barrington Street

A large truck flipped over on Barrington Street in Halifax Thursday afternoon.
The driver of a flipped over truck on Barrington Street was taken away in an ambulance Thursday afternoon. (Mari Ito/CBC)

The driver of a tractor trailer that flipped over on Barrington Street southbound in Halifax at about 2 p.m. Thursday is in critical condition, emergency services confirm.

The street was blocked in both directions near Duffus Street.

The incident happened near Superline Fuels at 3451 Barrington St. Traffic was diverted onto Duffus Street.

The driver was trapped in the truck, and was taken away in an ambulance just after 2 p.m.

"Then I heard the bang and I knew something bad," said one witness. "So I came down and I looked and I saw the guy was still trapped inside. All I could do was just try and dig him out."

People who live in the neighbourhood told CBC News they've seen several accidents in the area as vehicles try to navigate the sharp, blind turn.

Coupled with Thursday's winter weather conditions, they say they wouldn't be surprised if the truck slid.

Firefighters were seen putting down sand and oil-absorbent sheets on the ground.

The truck was removed from Barrington Street at about 5:30 p.m.

Police say it's still too early to tell what was the cause of the truck's flip.