United Counties of Leeds & Grenville praise first responders to 401 chemical spill and collisions

March 30, 2017 by
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The aftermath of the crash

United Counties of Leeds-Grenville Warden Robin Jones praised all responders, including the Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service, Administration, Public Works and Social Services department staff, for their work in the wake of a multiple-vehicle crash and chemical spill near Lansdowne March 14th.

The accident, which took the life of a transport truck driver, occurred on Highway 401 in the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands during a major snowstorm. A chemical spill from one of the transport trucks involved in the crash necessitated a special decontamination and emergency centre be set up at the Township’s nearby Lansdowne No. 1 Fire.

Dozens of first responders and accident victims were treated at the emergency shelter/decontamination centre before being moved to hospitals in both Kingston and Brockville.

Counties Council member Joe Baptista, Mayor of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, thanked his Township’s Community Control Group, fire and public works departments, residents and businesses, responders from the United Counties, neighbouring Frontenac County, paramedics from the City of Kingston as well as the City of Ottawa Hazmat team. He also acknowledged the support from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, the Office of the Fire Marshal, Red Cross, the Ontario Spills Action Centre and the OPP.

“Kudos to the Counties for an excellent emergency preparedness plan,” Mr. Baptista said.