Jessica Troup tweeted a photograph of the truck rollover. (Jessssica00/Twitter)
A single transport truck carrying a flammable, hazardous chemical has
rolled over on the Queen Elizabeth Way highway west
of Martindale Road in St. Catharines, prompting police to close the road
and issue an evacuation order for a 2-kilometre radius of the site.
Residents are being asked to shelter in place, while businesses are being evacuated.
The 2K radius is an expansion of an earlier 1K evacuation range.
"We're asking people to stay in their homes and shut down their
windows. We believe the chemical is contained," said Const. Phil
Gavin of Niagara Regional Police Service. "It is not an airborne issue
but we don't want people moving around."
Police are also asking people inside vehicles in that area to stay
put and are asking those outside of the radius to avoid it for the time
Gavin said if any residents need to be evacuated, a police officer will come to their home to escort them.
The QEW is closed eastbound and westbound between Highway 406 and Ontario Street in St. Catharines as a result.
The closures will be in place for several hours while the hazmat team determines how to move the truck safely.
Stephanie Sabourin, a media relations specialist with the Niagara
Regional Police Service, says they are hopeful they will have the
highway reopened for the morning rush, but aren't offering any
Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the truck was
hauling phosphine, which is dangerous when inhaled and is flammable. It
wasn't immediately clear whether the substance had leaked. The rollover
involved just the one transport truck.
The truck is partially over the centre guide rail on both eastbound and the westbound lanes of the highway, Schmidt said.
Fire departments are on scene to manage the hazardous material.
Police are escorting cleanup crews to the site as quickly as possible
from both the east and the west, Schmidt said.
The OPP is still investigating and trying to determine what caused the crash.
Jessica Troup on Twitter tweeted another photo once police were on scene at the site of the crash. (Jessssica00/Twitter)
Police released a map of the area under evacuation order.
They say the evacuation is precautionary, with no immediate risk to the public. The wind is blowing eastward, the police said.
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