Alaska Highway Closure – explanation

A little more information has come to light on the trailor crash, that caused the Alaska Highway at the Baldonnel underpass to be closed for almost a full day.

If you recall, the closure began on Monday evening at around 10 o’clock, when the trailer went off the road, overcorrected, and ended up on its side.

The road was reopened yesterday at about 7:20 pm, although there had been several detour options available to motorists passing through.

We are now finding out the trailer was an American Transporter heading from the lower 48 to Alaska. As the truck had no stops scheduled within Canada, it had a seal placed on it by the Canadian Border Services Agency.

RCMP Constable Jackelynn Passarell explains.

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She also confirmed there was some delay in trying to find a truck in which to put the cargo.

Passarell says the department of transportation is always involved when a highway has to be closed, and in this case, ministry staff did assist in rerouting traffic.

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She adds the RCMP did have to co-ordinate various agencies involved in the clean up (i.e. CBSA, M of Transport, the Trucking Company, etc), but as most of the rerouting was officiated by the Ministry of Transportation, RCMP members weren’t taken away from other duties all day long.

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That was confirmed by the Ministry’s district manager Renee Mounteney.

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