DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A wooden culvert, south of Taylor, under the Alaska Highway is still burning, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The wooden culvert under the highway caught fire during the tanker collision on Sunday, December 13th, and is still burning. Shane Bennetts, Area Manager in Dawson Creek, says that the culvert has Creosote in the wood, which is hazardous. Therefore transportation has been working with the fire department to stop the fire. According to Bennetts, it’s a bit of a time-consuming process, as they have to take apart the asphalt slowly, and then the fire department sprays the wood with foam.
For RCMP or anyone else to investigate the accident, the culvert fire, and smoke needs to be put out and taken care of for safety. Bennetts states that putting the road back together will not be a problem, but taking care of the Creosote is the main concern.
According to the Emergency Management B.C., the tanker truck was carrying gasoline. According to an update on the B.C Government website, a Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy response officer was on-site Sunday, December 13th, and would return to the site Monday, December 14th. It’s reported that the gasoline migrated under the highway into a culvert and a small nearby frozen creek, which appeared to have been contained.
The Highway between Taylor and Dawson Creek could be closed until Wednesday, December 16th at noon; however, that could still change depending on how quickly putting the culvert fire/smoke out will be along with putting the road back together.
Early Sunday morning, December 13th, at 6:56 am, the Dawson Creek RCMP were dispatched to a tanker truck collision on the Alaska Highway. The tanker truck, which was hauling gasoline, struck a vehicle parked or abandoned on the highway; the truck then caught fire. The driver of the truck was deceased on the scene.
Dawson Creek RCMP are seeking witnesses to the event and are looking to speak with drivers who noticed the pickup truck parked on the side of the road before the crash. If you have any information, call the DC RCMP at 250-784-3700 and ask to speak to Cst. Sam Bratina.