Truck delivering formaldehyde to Tembec crashes, killing driver. Chemical spilled into lake
A truck delivering formaldehyde to the Tembec mill in Temiscaming, Quebec crashed this afternoon on Highway 63 north in Ontario.
The crash caused some of the formaldehyde to dump directly into Trout Lake, which is the main source of drinking water for North Bay, Ontario.
The driver was killed in the incident. It is not yet known if the driver died from injuries sustained in the crash, or if he was killed by exposure to highly toxic formaldehyde.
People were evacuated from the area to avoid the hazardous fumes from the formaldehyde. The highway is expected to be closed into Tuesday.
It is not known how much of the truck load entered the lake. At this time, the North Bay and Parry Sound District Health unit is advising the municipal drinking water supply is not in danger, however all residents who are on a private water system near the lake are being warned not to drink the water.
Health unit warns against using Trout Lake water near chemical spill (North Bay Nugget)
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