Tanker truck crashes into Buck Lake in South Frontenac Township

Oils swirl on the surface of the water in Buck Lake after a tanker truck drove off the roadway and into the water in the early morning. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Update (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022):

Just before 5 p.m., the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) responded to inquiries.

According to MECP, the truck was transporting “edible beef fat,” or tallow. Initial containment measures were taken by South Frontenac Fire and Rescue, which have now been added to by contractors through MECP.

“While none of the fat has leaked, an unknown amount of diesel from the tanker has leaked into the lake,” MECP said in an email.

“The local fire department placed a boom at the culvert and additional booms have been placed in the lake around the tanker to contain the spilled diesel,” the Ministry continued.

“Arrangements are being made by the trucking company and a local towing company to empty the contents of the tanker prior to its removal from the lake, which is expected to occur today.”

The Ministry stated that their staff will “continue to follow up with the trucking company to ensure that environmental impacts are properly assessed and remediated,” and could not comment on any health and implications caused by the incident.

Kingstonist will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates if/when more information becomes available.

Editorial note: An earlier version of this article referred to the truck as a fuel tanker truck. This was solely because the OPP used that term. We have since learned that the truck’s tank contained beef tallow.

Update (Wednesday, Oct. 26. 2022):
As of 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, Kingstonist was able to confirm with South Frontenac Fire and Rescue did do some initial containment work on the scene. According to the fire department, large sponge-like materials were used to plug the culvert so that any leakage wouldn’t spread further.

This remains a developing story. Kingstonist will continue to provide coverage if/when more information becomes available.

Original article (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022):
An incident involving a tanker truck travelling off the roadway and into Buck Lake has left some residents in the area of South Frontenac Township upset and concerned.

According to the Eastern Region Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), at approximately 5:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, officers were dispatched to Perth Road in the area of Hilltop Lane. There, a single vehicle collision occurred when a “fuel tanker went off the road and into the lake,” Const. Erin Cranton, Media Relations Coordinator for the East Region OPP, relayed via email. South Frontenac Fire and Rescue and Frontenac Paramedic Services also attended the scene, and the driver was transported to hospital with minor injuries, according to Cranton. The roadway in the area was closed for several hours, but has now reopened.

It is unclear what the tanker truck was hauling. Direct inquiries about the contents of the tanker to the OPP remain unanswered at time of publication. Cranton said that the “Ministry of Environment has been engaged to for cleanup efforts,” and that the investigation remains ongoing. While emergency responders appear to have sanded the road, it does not appear any containment measures were taken to avoid the spread of any fluids that might leak from the truck or its tank. Those in the area expressed anger and a dissatisfaction with efforts to contain and cleanup the area thus far – oil and debris are all over the roadway, as well as in the lake on both sides of the culvert, and have now spread over 100 metres from the initial crash site. The nearest residence is not far from where the incident occurred, visible nearby in the background of photos from the scene, taken this morning, which show both scattered debris and oils in the roadway and water.

Inquiries to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) about when someone with the Ministry would arrive on scene, why containment efforts have not taken place yet, what the truck was hauling in its tank, how much fluid leakage has already taken place and of what fluids, and how long cleanup efforts will take were not immediately responded to by time of publication.

This is a developing story with more to come. Kingstonist will continue to provide coverage as more information becomes available.

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