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Diesel spill reduces Highway 401 eastbound to one lane in Newcastle

File Photo of O.P.P. cruiser. Dave Chidley / File / The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Eastbound traffic on Highway 401 east of Toronto will have to squeeze by on one lane for several hours after a fuel truck crash overnight.

A truck hauling two tankers of diesel fuel hit a bridge and overturned in a ditch in the Newcastle area at Highway 115 at about 2 a.m.

The impact ripped open the tankers, with one spilling around 20,000 litres of diesel, some of it flowing into Wilmot Creek.

The 62-year-old driver suffered minor injuries and has been charged with careless driving.

All eastbound lanes of the 401 were closed, but one lane has since reopened, although Ontario Provincial Police say the cleanup will take several hours.

Ministry of Environment officials will be examining the spill in the creek while Ministry of Transportation officials evaluate the damage to the bridge.

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