Fuel truck erupts into flames on Highway 102 in Millbrook

Published on January 15, 2014

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.