October 31, 2017/ Fuel Spill / AFD Response Details

October 31, 2017/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Tuesday, October 31 at 10:13 a.m the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a fuel spill located south of Veterans Boulevard on the QEII highway.

When fire crews arrived, they found a large transport truck stopped on the shoulder of the highway with diesel fuel leaking from a damaged fuel tank. Diesel fuel was actively leaking from the damaged tank and spilling onto the roadway before eventually making its way into the adjacent grassy ditch.

Firefighters attempted to slow the release of fuel by applying a temporary patch to the hole in the fuel tank. They also constructed a retention dyke with absorbent material at the edge of the road and ditch to contain the spill.

To ensure scene safety the right lane and shoulder of the highway were closed to traffic.

Alberta Environment attended the scene to assist with mitigation efforts.

It is believed that while travelling south on the QEII highway, the driver of the truck hit an unknown object lying on the road which then struck and badly damaged the vehicle’s large fuel tank.

There were no injuries to report.

Three pieces of apparatus and eight firefighters were on scene.


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(403)948.8800 ext.7612



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