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Update – Tanker fire causes closure of the Alaska Highway


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This map shows the approximate location of the accident and one alternate route.

 

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**Update – We now have a few more details thanks to the Dawson Creek RCMP.  For an update on this story, click here.  For more photos of the accident, click here

 

**Update – There are now reports from drivebc.ca that the road will not open until at least 12:01am Monday March 29th.  This time could still be pushed back more, keep watching this webpage or listening to 100.1 Moose FM for updates.

The Dawson Creek RCMP are reporting that the Alaska Highway is closed near the Kiskatinaw Bridge.

The highway is closed in that area because of a tanker truck that caught fire.  Traffic is being diverted at the Mason Road and the Braden Road until further notice.  According to www.drivebc.ca, the road may be closed until at least 7pm tonight.

The RCMP say the tanker fire is out, but the road is still impassable at this time.  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.

At this time we do not have any information about possible injuries and just what caused the tanker fire.

If you have any further information about this accident, including photo or video, please e-mail contact@energeticcity.ca.  

Photo:  What’s left of the tanker truck after a fire on the Alaska Highway – Todd Williams