Driver of dump truck charged with careless driving

A Brampton man has been charged with careless driving after a fully-loaded dump truck and trailer rolled into a ditch in Uxbridge Friday (Aug. 23).

According to the DRPS, officers were called about a suspected impaired driver on Lake Ridge Road (Regional Road 23) in Uxbridge around 4:20 p.m.

“One driver had to swerve onto the shoulder to avoid being struck head on by the southbound dump truck,” reads a media release from police.

“The dump truck turned west onto Regional Road 47 and moved to the north shoulder near O’Neil Road. The truck pulled onto the soft gravel shoulder to stop, but then tipped over onto its side, spilling its load of sand into the ditch.”

Police say the truck’s two diesel fuel tanks began leaking and Uxbridge Fire Services attended and were able to control the leak.

“The Ministry of the Environment was contacted as a precaution to assess the spill. Regional Road 47 was closed for about four hours to pull out the truck and clean up the spill,” the media release reads.

“Investigation revealed the 40-year-old Brampton male who was driving the vehicle was not impaired, but was inexperienced at driving big rigs.”

He was charged with careless driving.

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