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Sewage truck driver given $368 ticket

May 05 2012

The 33-year-old driver of the septic tanker truck that overturned on the Trans-Canada Highway Wednesday, spilling 1,500 litres of raw sewage and closing the highway at Thetis Lake for hour hours, will receive a $368 ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act.

The driver, who has been with Island-based sewage company Coast Environmental Ltd. for five years, was given a ticket for driving without due care, said West Shore RCMP.

Mounties said they believed the driver went over the yellow line when moving into the left lane and then overcorrected, causing the tanker truck to roll across two lanes and end up on its side against the concrete barrier.

The driver walked away with only cuts and bruises. No other cars were involved. The Ministry of Environment said the sewage did not seep into any waterways but the company could be on the hook for the first-responder costs.

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