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Fertilizer payload mixes with diesel after truck overturns on P.E.I

Police ordered a 500-metre cordon around the site because the chemical fertilizer may have mixed with the diesel fuel



O’LEARY, P.E.I.—Police say diesel fuel spilled onto a road in western Prince Edward Island on Thursday when a tractor-trailer carrying ammonia nitrate overturned.

RCMP say the truck went off the road near the O’Leary roundabout just before noon.

Officers shut down the road and evacuated a nearby Tim Hortons as crews started cleaning up the spill in the early afternoon.

RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar said police ordered a half-kilometre evacuation around the site because it was possible the chemical fertilizer had mixed with the diesel fuel, creating the risk of an explosion.

A police news release said late Thursday that the evacuation had been lifted, though some roads in the area were closed through the evening.

There were no injuries and only the truck was involved.

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