MACKENZIE, B.C. – Roads conditions do not appear to have played a factor in yesterday’s rollover of a tractor-trailer that closed Highway 97 for most of the day.
The single vehicle rollover happened yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:00 pm., and involved a tractor-trailer that was carrying explosive materials. Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with the North District RCMP said that crews closed the highway for roughly eight hours to determine whether the explosives posed any danger to emergency crews or the general public. The explosivee material was deemed safe, and the highway was reopened to single lane alternating traffic at approximately 10:00 last night.
Cpl. Saunderson says that the road is still reduced to alternating traffic in both directions while crews continue to clean up the scene. She said that the two occupants of the semi-truck were both taken to be treated for minor injuries in Mackenzie.
According to police, the highway was bare and dry at the time of the incident, and there is zero evidence to suggest the semi collided with wildlife. The tractor trailer is scheduled to undergo a mechanical inspection later, although the results won’t be known for at least several days. Saunderson added that it is still too early to determine any possible causes of the crash.