Cleanup continues of a major fuel spill following a collision north of Cannington on Friday night. And as Greg Davis tells us, one family is still unable to return home:
Dawn and Fedele DiBello simply want to go home… but they can’t … as crews continue to clean up thousands of litres of fuel that spilled Friday in front of their Simcoe Street house.
Dawn: “No idea…we are staying with our son indefinitely…we have no idea what’s going on.”
Durham Region Police say around 8:15 Friday night a northbound freightliner hauling 55000 litres of gasoline and diesel fuel collided with a southbound Honda Civic in front of the DiBello’s house just north of Linden Valley Road.
Both drivers were extricated from their vehicle by Brock Township and Kawartha Lakes firefighters.
The 20-year-old driver of the car remains in a Toronto hospital now in stable condition; the truck driver was covered in fuel and suffered minor injuries as 40,000 litres of diesel leaked into roadside ditches and farm land.
Brock Township Fire Chief Rick Harrison: “The ditch was full of fuel – you’re probably looking at 2 to 3 feet of fuel for a section of 10 to 15 feet long.”
The spill prompted the evacuation of several nearby homes. The DiBellos were out at the time and returned home to a chaotic scene. they could only retrieve a few personal items and
can only make brief visits back to their house now.
Fedele: The fire department went in Saturday around 2 – 3 in the morning with the detectors and the alarms went off and no one has been in the house since.”
He also can’t access or start vehicles on his property – even though he operates a towing service
Dawn: “We do have another location in Lindsay that my son runs and he’s been trying to deal with the overflow of calls and customers that we need to deal with. We have customers vehicles on our property that we can’t access so it’s frustrating all around.”
Trucks are removing contaminated soil, keeping Simcoe Street closed closed from Concession 13 Brock north to Woodville Road.
Const. Bill Calder, Durham Police: “It’s going to be closed until at least Thursday, possibly even longer as they clean up the scene. right now they are looking at taking the contaminated soil – moving up to 100 truck loads up to the Sudbury area for decontamination.”
The Liftlock Group which owns the fuel truck declined an interview and couldn’t give a definite timeline to complete the extensive cleanup.
That’s little reassurance for the DiBellos.
Fedele: …we got told two weeks, a month…nobody knows…”
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Greg Davis, CHEX Newswatch, near Cannington.
(Crash photos courtesy of Dawn DiBello)