January 13, 2019 10:23 am
Updated: January 14, 2019 7:11 am

All lanes reopen on Highway 401 near Cambridge after jet fuel spill

WATCH: A crash involving a tanker left jet fuel splattered across the 401 near Cambridge, Ont. The incident meant a portion of the highway was shut down for most of the day. Jamie Mauracher was on scene as the clean up took place and has more.


CAMBRIDGE, Ont. – A crash involving a tanker truck carrying jet fuel forced the closure of Highway 401 near Cambridge, Ont. on Sunday, Ontario Provincial Police said.

Const. Robert Visconti said the truck was carrying 50,000 litres of highly flammable fuel when it rolled over shortly before 2 a.m. after colliding with another vehicle in the eastbound lanes.

The truck rolled onto its driver’s side and spilled the fuel on both eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway.

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The westbound and eastbound lanes were closed for most of the day on Sunday for the clean up of the highly flammable liquid.

“It was a logistics nightmare trying to get a company that will actually come out to clean up jet fuel,” Visconti said.

Ontario Provincial Police said all lanes reopened around midnight.

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The closure is between Highway 6 South and Townline Road, Visconti said.

“We initially had a much bigger closure due to safety reasons because the jet fuel is so flammable, but that has been scaled back as the cleanup progresses,” Visconti said.

He said the road will likely fully re-open sometime Sunday afternoon.

WATCH: Jet fuel spill closes Highway 401 in both directions near Cambridge

The truck driver was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Visconti said.

– With files from Global News

Crews cleaning up jet fuel after a tanker truck overturned on Highway 401 near Cambridge on Sunday.

Jamie Mauracher / Global News

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