Fuel truck erupts into flames on Highway 102 in Millbrook

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UPDATED: MILLBROOK - A massive fuel truck fire forced evacuations and shut down a portion of Highway 102 Wednesday.

An Esso fuel truck caught fire in Millbrook while travelling in the northbound lane late Wednesday afternoon. It was reported at 5:09 p.m.

Emergency officials were still on scene last night, as the truck continued to burn.

Several small explosions were heard, and flames and thick, black smoke filled the air at the scene.

The truck was carrying a large amount of diesel fuel, and RCMP said it was concerned with the amount of fuel on the truck.

Residents within a 1/2 kilometre radius of the fire were evacuated from homes, along with businesses in the Truro Power Centre.

Witnesses said a tire on the truck began to smoke before the blaze occurred.

Police said the driver, the lone occupant of the vehicle, was safe.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway between exits 12 and 13 were closed to traffic.

Geographic location: Truro Heights

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  • Joe
    January 16, 2014 - 16:49

    Any word on what company this truck was from?

  • Berkley Reid
    January 16, 2014 - 09:06

    We just passed by within about 15 min before it happened hope everyone was ok

  • Dale cook
    January 16, 2014 - 02:44

    It was a very intence fire I live with in a half km from it but did not need to evacuate

  • louessa Grady
    January 15, 2014 - 22:18

    tis was an awesome video Matt glad no one was hurt

  • David Turner
    January 15, 2014 - 22:06

    Is the Northbound lane towards Truro, from Halifax ???We don,t have twined highways in PEI hELP PLEASE

  • S. Call
    January 15, 2014 - 21:07

    It's just that easy, imagine if this happened on the Confederation Bridge. We need a plan that can be implemented in a matter of hours not days. A heavy harbour of ice and the 'summer' ferries that are in port from December-May wouldn't be able to get out, so we'd need to move them somehow for vehicle traffic. Food would be limited to cargo ships for a short time, and guess how much we would be soaked by the stores then. Not to even think of fuels, which can only be carried on ships with a few more passengers besides the drivers.

  • Darryl Morrell
    January 15, 2014 - 20:23

    MILLBROOK - A massive fuel truck fire forced evacuations and shut down a portion of Highway 102 yesterday Poor reporting its 9:18 PM, Jan 15 this is now not yesterday.

    • Susie Q
      January 16, 2014 - 06:39

      The stories are for the newspaper - the printed papers that people buy. So events in real time on line are yesterday's news when printed .

  • sarah
    January 15, 2014 - 19:27

    is everyone ok i hope so is the guy ok