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Tractor trailer accident closes down lane on Highway 104

No injuries were reported after a tractor trailer went off the road around 8 a.m. Monday on the east-bound lane of Highway 104 near Truro.
Members of the Special Hazard Response Unit, at left, prepare to drain the diesel oil from a tractor trailer that left the road on Highway 104 between Debert and Truro around 7:30 a.m. Monday. No injuries were reported but one east-bound lane is expected to be closed until about 5 p.m. while the truck's cargo of soda pop is being unloaded. HARRY SULLIVAN - TRURO DAILY NEWS


An east-bound section of Highway 104 near Truro was shut down on Monday to deal with the cleanup of a tractor trailer that left the road and overturned on its side.

The unidentified driver from Bathurst, N.B. was not injured in the mishap and no other vehicles were involved.

An RCMP spokesman could not immediately cite a cause for the crash. However, evidence at the scene indicated that the tractor turned on its side shortly after it left the highway and slid for what appeared to be several hundred metres before coming to a stop.

The tractor-trailer was transporting a cargo of soda pop, some of which were destroyed in the crash. A sizeable number of damaged plastic bottles were strewn out on the snow behind the damaged trailer. Police expected the road to be fully opened by about 5 p.m., after the cleanup was complete.

RCMP, fire fighters and traffic enforcement members all attended the scene.

Member of the Special Hazards Response Unit were also on hand to drain the diesel fuel from the tractor’s tanks and to conduct any other environmental cleanup that was required.

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