RIVER PHILIP - Amherst's Hazardous Material response team was working doubletime after responding to the Wyvern Road area and the Wentworth Valley after transport vehicles overturned spilling furnace oil and jet fuel in two seperate incidents.
No one was injured during the first incident, which took place Mon, Jan. 4, just a handful of kilometres from the community of Collingwood.
Collingwood Fire Dept and RCMP were first on the scene as citizens along the rural road community surveyed the scene. Don Blair was one of the first at the scene. It was his home the truck was making the delivery to.
"They were trying to back up and made two runs at it but it [was] just too greasy," Blair said. "They took out my apple tree. Just lucky they didn't hit that pole."
While awaiting for an oil truck from Halifax to arrive and transfer the oil approximately 50 litres of furnace oil was spilled. The NS Department of Environment on scene reported that the oil spill was contained. Directly across from the overturned vehicle is the River Philip.
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, a second transport vehicle overtunred, this time in the Wentworth Valley. Highway 4 was expected to be closed for most of the day after slippery roads sent a tanker truck carrying 51,000 litres of aviation fuel into the ditch. HazMat units from Amherst and New Glasgow responded to the scene.