Update: Environmental crews at accident scene, crane pulling trucks out of water supply

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Officials at the scene of a major accident at Bay Bulls Big Pond have started the clean up process of the oil and diesel fuel that spilled into the pond.
A crane company has been called to haul the heavy equipment from the pond, while environment officials with several levels of government have started laying booms in the water and absorbent pads around the shores of the contaminated area.
There's a strong smell of diesel in the area and a pool of the fuel can be seen on the surface of the water.
Police are trying to clear up the traffic snarl in the area to get the crane equipment through, but it could be hours before the road is fully reopened.
Just before 2 p.m. a dump truck carrying a flatbed and backhoe went into the pond.
Witnesses say they saw a tire come off the truck before it went screeching over a 60-foot embankment into the pond.
A passerby apparently jumped out of their car and went into the pond to help the driver who was still trapped in the truck.
The driver has been taken to hospital and was conscious when he was loaded into an ambulance.
Reports from Telegram staff at the scene say there are tire marks for about 75 feet before the spot where the truck went over the embankment.
An investigation into the cause of the accident has already been launched.
Bay Bulls Big Pond is the largest water supply for the metro region.

Geographic location: Bay Bulls

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