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Highway 17 closure due to chemical spill

The closure took place on Thursday and was the result of pesticide being spilled from a commercial vehicle.

WAWA, Ont. - A four-hour closure of Highway 17 along the north shore on Thursday was the result of a chemical spill.

According to a media release issued by the Ontario Provincial Police Friday afternoon, officers with the Superior East Detachment responded to a chemical spill on Highway 17 near Rabbit Blanket Lake.

Police said a commercial vehicle took evasive action to avoid a collision, resulting in an onboard tote to rupture, leaking the contents onto the roadway.

The chemical was determined to be pesticide.

The Ministry of the Environment was advised and a hazardous materials team attended the scene.

The incident took place just before 5 p.m. and the highway was reopened by 9 p.m.