UPDATE: Vehicle accident shuts down Highway 16 west of Moricetown

Anyone wanting to head east on Highway 16 this afternoon can expect to be delayed until much later this evening.

UPDATE x2:

As of 3 p.m., the highway is open to single lane, alternating traffic.

 

UPDATE:

The accident that closed Highway 16 west of Moricetown was caused by a tanker truck going off the road near Boulder Creek East. There are no reports of major fuel spills or serious injuries at the moment, and opening time is unknown as assessments continue.

“At this time it has been deemed unsafe to allow traffic to pass by the overturned tanker truck,” said Ministry of Transportation Bulkley Stikine District manager Carl Lutz.

“Emergency personnel are on site as well as representatives from the Ministry of Transportation and local maintenance contractor Billabong Road and Bridge.”

People are encouraged to check drivebc.ca for opening times, though the last update estimated opening between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

 

Original:

Anyone wanting to head east on Highway 16 this afternoon can expect to be delayed until much later this evening.

According to drivebc.ca, an accident has closed the highway in both directions just west of Moricetown. The highway is not expected to be open until some time between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.