There are concerns about trucks carrying hazardous materials through Vernon.

There are concerns about trucks carrying hazardous materials through Vernon.

Hazardous materials make their way through Vernon

Local politician demanding a specific road route to enhance safety

With a Quebec town still reeling from a devastating rail accident, one Vernon politician wonders what kind of hazardous materials are shipped through this community.

Coun. Bob Spiers asked city staff Monday to consider a specific route for trucks hauling potentially dangerous substances and for signage to be installed.

“There is no hazardous material route so trucks don’t know where to go,” he said.

“I’ve heard from people who say hazardous material trucks have wound up in neighbourhoods. My idea is it should only be the highway.”

It’s believed about 50 people were killed when a train carrying oil crashed in Lac-Megantic, Que.

Look for more details in Wednesday’s Morning Star.