facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Tanker flips, spills 1,500 gallons of fuel

March 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM   |   Comments

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 23 (UPI) -- Environmental crews worked Wednesday in northern Manitoba to clean up as many as 1,500 gallons of fuel that spilled from an overturned tanker truck.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday outside the town of Gillam, some 650 miles north of Winnipeg, CTV News reported.

The unidentified 46-year-old tanker driver told police when he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle at the crest of a hill, some of the trailer's wheels dropped off the edge of the road and it overturned.

The driver received only minor injuries and a passing driver gave him a ride into Gillam, where he called police, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said.

The driver of the vehicle that caused the trucker to swerve didn't stop, the RCMP said.

The highway was closed all night and into Wednesday for environmental cleanup, the reports said.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Hamas executes 18 it claims are Israeli informers, takes credit for kidnapping Israeli teens
2
Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims' bodies arrive in Kuala Lumpur
3
4 firefighters injured in 'Ice Bucket Challenge'
4
Jodi Arias granted delay in death penalty retrial
5
Robert Hansen, notorious Alaska serial killer, dead at 75
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback