Truck rollover forces evacuation on Elm Street

KILLALOE – Police and fire crews were called to a motor vehicle accident on Elm Street in Killaloe on the morning of September 14.

Police with the Killaloe OPP confirmed that the call came in around 6:45 a.m.

When they arrived, they discovered a large MacEwen fuel truck had rolled into the ditch, trapping the driver inside. The driver, who suffered minor injuries, was able to free himself from the vehicle a short time later and was taken to St. Francis Memorial Hospital by paramedics.

Firefighters with the Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards fire department were also called to the scene. The township’s roads crew blocked off both ends of the street to allow the fire department to do its job.

Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards Fire Chief Bob Gareau confirmed that the roadway did not collapse.

“I can only guess that the driver drove too close to the edge of the payment and was drawn in,” Gareau said.

The truck was hauling 54,972 litres of diesel fuel, super unleaded gasoline, regular gasoline and stove oil.

Gareau said the fire department had three trucks on scene, two pumper tankers flanking the truck in the ditch (in case a fire erupted) and the rescue van, which has specialized equipment on board for stabilization and extrication. 

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