Categorized | Breaking News

Truck fire, QEW closure clog Grimsby roads all Friday

By Mike Williscraft, NewsNow

If anyone tried to get across Grimsby or even downtown for lunch or shopping last Friday, chances are it would have taken at the better part of an hour.
The whole event, which spanned 10 hours for Grimsby Fire Department’s crew, led to a closure of the QEW Niagara bound with many motorists attempting to get to the Canada-USA outdoor hockey game which was part of the 2-18 World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo.
“Because of the traffic clog, we had a crew located at the station. Getting to the station to get out on a call usually takes about five minutes, so we do that when traffic is backed up to cut down on any possible response times,” said Deputy Chief Bill Thomson.
As well, with manpower fully obligated both on the call and at the station, Grimsby enlisted Lincoln Fire Department as well to help with an additional pumper and they located a crew at Bartlett and Main to help cut any response times if a call in the east end came in.
As fate would have it, there were three additional traffic accidents – one at Bartlett and Main, one at Ridge and Mountain Street and at the South Service Road.
None involved serious injury, but all fuelled the traffic snarl.
“The accident at Main and Bartlett, the Lincoln crew was right there, so there response was immediate. The one at Ontario Street, the guys in the station heard it
so they were out there quickly.”
Thomson said the fire started in the engine area of the transport and conditions at the time did firefighters no favours.
“The wind was blowing west, so it took the fire right back to the trailer,” said Thomson.
The trailer had 9,000 lbs of plastic bottles in it headed for recycling.
“We appreciate the patience of motorists and residents as health and safety for our staff, the OPP and everyone had to come first with the highway closure: with water on the burning plastics MOE was notified, with water on the highway MTO was notified,” said Thomson.
“We know what a business the QEW is and we want traffic flowing. It was a skating rink out there and we all had to be cognizant of that.”
Just last month, Thomson and Fire Chief Mike Cain were at Grimsby town council outlining limitations of the MTO payment plan for fire departments making calls for QEW related incidents.
It was noted the funds paid out by the province cover roughly 60 per cent of the true cost to the department.
The Friday accident racked up about 200 man hours for firefighters plus additional costs for foam and absorbent.
“We will send out invoices for all that,” said Thomson.
“We would like to thank all the residents for their understanding. It was a long day. As well, we would also like to thank Lincoln Fire as part of our reciprocal service agreement. The use of their tanker shuttle made a huge difference and having them at Bartlett and Main cut down response time there, too.”

West Niagara Weather
1°
overcast clouds
humidity: 84%
wind: 6m/s NNW
H 4 • L 3
8°
Fri
10°
Sat
12°
Sun
15°
Mon

March/April now available online

Hat Trick Hockey – FINAL results (Week 22)

Seeking Employment?

Total jobs: 278
Care.com
  |  Stoney Creek, Ontario
 - 19 Apr 2018

Hello, we are searching for a caring child care provider. Ideally you would have a few years of experience, references and live near Stoney Creek L8J. Please send me a message to d...

HMSHost
  |  Lincoln, Ontario
 - 19 Apr 2018

Located 25 minutes East of Cornwall at theQuebec Border on Highway 401 Westbound. Location. Bainsville TP. Unit Name. TIM HORTONS. Unit Code. 4ONTHS11. Hourly Rate (if applicable)....

HMSHost
  |  Lincoln, Ontario
 - 19 Apr 2018

Location. BainsvilleTP. Unit Name. TIM HORTONS. Unit Code. 4ONTHS11. Hourly Rate (if applicable). Summary. The Assistant F&B Operations Mgr is an entry level management position re...

neuvoo job search jobs

Subscribe to our newsnow posts

Enter your email address to subscribe here and receive notifications of new posts by email.

newsnow

100% Niagara owned and operated.
49 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1R3
289 235 9500
SiteLock