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Truck loaded with toxic materials flips in Halifax industrial park

by The Canadian Press   

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Fire department doesn't believe there is major environmental impact

HALIFAX—A spokesperson for the Halifax fire department says a truck spilled a mixed load of chemicals onto the road after it flipped over and crashed.

Phil McNulty, the department’s executive officer, says it’s difficult to determine the exact size of the spill, but he says the truck “ripped open,” and the material leaked out.

He describes the contents as being a mixed load of flammable liquids, corrosives, acetones, gases, refrigants and nitrogen and oxygen.

McNulty says the fire department doesn’t believe there is a major environmental impact because the spill isn’t near any waterways.

Const. Pierre Bourdages, a spokesman for the Halifax police, says the rig overturned just after 4:30 a.m. Sept. 27, while turning from Highway 118 onto Akerley Boulevard.

The boulevard is one of the entry points into the Burnside industrial park, and was expected to remain closed for part of the day.

Bourdages said the paramedics were checking into the condition of the driver.


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