I received a call just as I was returning home from work late yesterday afternoon. There had been a turbine-related collision on the corner of Northville and Cedar Point in Lambton Shores. My fearless 15 year old son and I instinctively raced to the car at the same time, dinner ingredients abandoned on the counter.
I figured the main road of Northville would be blocked so we took the back roads to the scene. Part way down Cedar Point there were several construction trucks parked on the side of the dirt road. They flagged us down and a worker told us we had to turn around because the road was closed. I asked him what the problem was and he said there had been an accident. I told him I was driving on a bit further to take a look. Of course he said we were not allowed. Of course I ignored him and drove around the trucks to the site of the collision with the worker shouting after us.
We parked a safe distance away and walked to the scene where we were greeted by workers telling us we could not be there. All the construction workers, emergency response personnel and OPP were standing around so we concluded the emergency was not life-threatening. With ipad and cell phone in hand we proceeded with capturing footage of the collision.
It appeared the transport carrying the turbine tower component traveling north along Northville Road was turning east onto Cedar Point. The backend of the tower sits on an independently operated trailer that was being manually manipulated to turn the wheels. Looks like whoever was steering turned the back of the trailer into a sucker truck’s fuel tank, spilling diesel fuel onto the shoulder of the road and into the ditch. Why the sucker truck was so close to the turning over-sized load I have no idea.
NextTerror tells us they have not had any accidents in our communities; they tell us they take safety seriously; they tell us we have no reason to fear. Anyone living in these massive construction areas knows only too well that our beloved communities have been turned into a free-for-all for the hundreds of construction workers and their equipment with little regard paid to the well-being of residents. We must be vigilant and continue to expose the truth of what’s going on in our communities across Ontario.
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