UPDATE: Highwy open again

A fuel spill on Hwy16 east of New Hazelton affected traffic Oct. 24

A FUEL spill was dealt with and the normal traffic pattern restored at approximately 10 pm Oct. 24 on Hwy16 east of New Hazelton.

Traffic was at first halted and then restored to alternating single lane following an accident in which an eastbound commercial transport truck moved to the right to allow two vehicles to pass at approximately 11:30 am yesterday.

In doing so, the right side wheels caught the soft shoulder and the vehicle rolled into the eastbound ditch.  No one was injured in this incident.

Highway #16 was closed in the initial stages of this investigation and a short time thereafter, to permit emergency personnel to assess the scene and while fuel was being pumped from the overturned transport to a standby unit.

This closure was for approximately one and half hours. Only a small amount of fuel leaked from the unit and has been contained appropriately.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspectors, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the Fire Department were at the location with police to ensure the public’s safety and follow established protocols.

The RCMP in New Hazelton continues to investigate this incident.  There is no indication of speed or alcohol contributing to this collision.

Anyone with any information, or who may have witnessed this crash, is asked to contact the New Hazelton RCMP Detachment at Tel# (250) 842-5244.