September 2, 2014 12:59 pm

Tanker truck crashes into Saint Lawrence River

A tanker truck rolled into the Saint Lawrence River early Tuesday morning.

Pascal Marchand

SAINT-LAMBERT -Traffic was unusually heavy on Montreal’s south Shore Tuesday morning after an early morning accident left a tanker trunk submerged in the Saint Lawrence River.

The accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. on Route 132 near Saint-Lambert, between the Victoria and Champlain bridges.

The truck’s driver apparently swerved to avoid an earlier collision between a motorhome and a car.

The truck’s driver swerved to avoid colliding with an earlier accident between a motorhome and a car.

Pascal Marchand

He lost control, crashed into the two vehicles and ended up in the river.

The driver and his dog were able to get out of the truck with the help of two people in a boat.

He was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The truck driver’s dog was rescued from the accident uharmed.

Pascal Marchand

An estimated 400 litres of diesel fuel spilled into the river from the truck’s punctured tank. An environmental team was sent to the site to clean up the spill.

The truck was also carrying around 40 tonnes of dry cement.

Clean-up operations are expected to take several hours.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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