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Diesel and gas seep into Burlington creek after rollover

10/15/2013 12:36 EDT | Updated 12/15/2013 05:12 EST
Fuel has seeped into Sheldon Creek in Burlington after a tractor trailer rolled over Monday night, according to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

“Reports from the site indicate there is a sheen in the creek and some fuel in the catch basins which is being vacuumed out,” said ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan.

The ministry was called to the scene on Monday after the truck flipped on Harvester Road near Century Drive. Ministry workers placed containment booms in the creek to prevent any fuel from flowing downstream. Crews were on site Tuesday to clean up and assess the impact to the environment, Jordan said, adding the Oakville water treatment plant downstream has been notified. Police advise residents in the area to avoid the creek and keep their pets away from the water until the clean up process is complete.

Police crews have righted and are in the process of removing the tractor trailer. Around 8:30 p.m. Monday, the truck driver misjudged a curve causing the truck to flip onto its side, according to Halton regional police staff sergeant Brett Wilkinson. The driver had minor injuries that were treated on site.

No other vehicles were involved, but the rollover spilled diesel and gasoline onto the roadway, which is close to Sheldon Creek.

The tractor trailer has been righted and drained and will be removed shortly, according to Sgt. Wilkinson. For now, traffic remains closed on Harvester Rd. between Appleby Line and Burloak Drive.

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