Leaking fuel damages bridge, closes road

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Kent Bridge Road at the Thames River will remain closed until further notice following a diesel fuel spill last night.

Municipal officials say a transport truck suffered a drive shaft failure while crossing the bridge about 7:20 p.m. Thursday evening, which resulted in a punctured fuel tank. Several hundred litres of diesel fuel leaked out, damaging the asphalt.

The spill began on the bridge, continued north into the community and onto Longwoods Road to a point just east of Kent Bridge.

Officials say preliminary inspections indicated the damaged asphalt needs to be removed on the bridge, and the bridge deck inspected in greater detail.

The asphalt will be removed as early as the beginning of next week.

Municipal officials say the bridge will remain closed until further notice.

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