THOMSON STATION, N.S. – A major disaster was avoided this week after a trucker used some quick thinking while driving along Nova Scotia’s Cobequid Pass.
According to the news and police reports, a truck driver of Air Liquide Canada was on Highway 104 and noticed smoke coming from the cab of his truck around 8 a.m. on Thursday morning.
The driver quickly pulled over his rig, and made the smart decision to unhook the tanker attached to the tractor that was filled with nearly 18,000 cubic metres of liquid oxygen.
The driver then got back into the truck to move the burning rig further away from the tanker once the truck began to show a flame.
Though the liquid oxygen doesn’t burn it would have fed the fire for several hours had it caught fire, and could have caused major damage and even an explosion.
The driver was a 27-year-old male. He escaped the incident not only a hero, but also with no injuries.
“The driver really reacted well and he followed protocol and even went over and above what was expected of him,” commented David Asselin, communications manager of Air Liquide Canada.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
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