Update – Accident causes tanker fire and highway closure

Photo:  All that remains of the tanker truck, after an accident and fire on the Alaska Highway – Todd Williams.  For more photos of the accident, click here

 

**UPDATE – As of 10pm, the Ministry of Transport says the Alaska Highway will be open by midnight tonight.  The road will re-open in both directions starting at midnight tonight.  Until that time the detour around the accident will still be in place.

 

By Adam Reaburn

A tanker hauling a concentrated chemical used to clean out wells caught fire after an accident on the Alaska Highway.

The accident occurred just after 3am on the south side of the Kiskatinaw Bridge. The accident involved a tanker truck and a small car and thankfully no one was seriously injured in the crash.

The crash caused the tanker to catch fire which has closed the Alaska Highway. The fire has been put out, but the area still remains blocked off while the tanker cools.

Crews will now work to stabilize the remaining cargo, remove the tanker and assess any damages to the highway before declaring the highway staff to re-open.

There is one detour around the accident to Fort St. John. The Ministry is sending people down the Braden Road which meets up with the Alaska Highway just north of the Kiskatinaw Bridge.  The detour starts in the South Peace at the Alaska Highway and the Mason Road.

The Ministry of Transportation says the road will be closed for the rest of the day and at this time could open as early as 12am on Monday March 29th. That time could change and you can listen to 100.1 Moose FM or keep watching this page for more details.

If you have any further details on this accident, including photos or video, e-mail contact@energeticcity.ca

 


View Tanker Fire near Kiskatinaw Bridge in a larger map

This map shows the location of the accident and where the detour starts on the North side of the Kiskatinaw Bridge.

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