A 46-year-old truck driver lost control of the vehicle in Nowy Orzechów (Lublin Voivodeship) and drove into the canal. As it was transporting fossil waste, some of which was scattered on the embankment, it created an ecological threat. Firefighters rushed to help.
On Tuesday (November 21), before 8 p.m., the services received a report that in Nowy Orzechów a truck had broken through the barriers on a bridge and fell into the Wieprz-Krzna canal.
According to Staff Sergeant Anna Borowik from the District Police Headquarters in Parczew, the 46-year-old driver did not adjust his speed to the road conditions.
He managed to exit the vehicle himself
– The man was sober and did not need medical help. He was fined, the policewoman notes.
When the first fire brigade units arrived at the scene, the truck with the trailer was partially submerged in water. The driver managed to leave the vehicle himself.
He was transporting fossil waste
“The car standing in the water caused a risk of leakage of operating fluids and diesel fuel. It was also established that the car was carrying fossil waste, part of which was scattered on the canal embankment. Due to the ecological threat, the decision was made to pull the set out of the canal,” the captain writes in an e-mail Aleksander Boże from the District Headquarters of the State Fire Service in Parczew.
Firefighters placed an absorption barrier on the canal, secured the hydraulic oil tank and removed parts of the damaged energy-absorbing barrier.
The Specialist Technical Rescue Group from Lublin also arrived at the scene and, using heavy equipment, pulled the truck out of the water.
13 rescue and fire-fighting vehicles and 41 firefighters were dispatched to the operation.
Main photo source: captain Aleksander Bożem/KP PSP in Parczew