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The RCMP and Western Regional Service Board are trying to find out who wasted garbage on the Trans-Canada Highway near Barachois Brook.
ST. GEORGE’S How a truck load of household garbage ended up on the Trans-Canada Highway is a mystery officials were trying to unravel Wednesday.
Don Downer, chairman of the Western Regional Service Board, said he received word of the spillage onto the highway at around noon on Tuesday. The spill is about two kilometres west of the bridge under construction at Barachois Brook, at about noon Tuesday.
“It was a real hazard as vehicles travelling at the highway speed limit of 100 km/h were forced to swerve around the garbage,” he said.
“I’m sure there were some close calls.”
Cpl. Judy Morgan of the Bay St. George RCMP said the incident was reported to police and that they were conducting an investigation. Up to Wednesday afternoon, however, police were unable to identify what community the garbage had come from.
Downer said the Department of Transportation and Works had sent out a plow to push the garbage to the side of the highway, but it hadn’t been picked up as of Wednesday afternoon.
He said it appears the truck carrying the garbage was headed towards the St. George’s Regional Dumpsite, which now takes all the garbage for the Bay St. George and Port au Port Peninsula area.
“I prefer to think it was an accident, that a tailgate dropped on a truck and the garbage came out, but I still think the driver would have to know,” Downer said.
He said the worst case would be that someone did it to be vindictive because they have to travel a longer distance with their garbage.
But he feels that considering the proximity to the waste site (about five kilometres away) that it was probably an accident.
“If it was an accident, I think those responsible should go and clean up the mess. If not, then there is a problem that needs to be worked at,” Downer said.
He said while he’s puzzled about what happened in this instance, there has been lots of interaction between his board and the various communities in the area, so the community representatives know the ultimate goal is to keep the cost of garbage disposal down.