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Update 4: Over 40,000 L of crude lost in firery crash on Hwy 49…

UPDATE 4: Two Environmental Emergency Response Officers (EEROs) from Fort St. John attended the incident site this weekend to oversee spill response actions. Containment boom was deployed on the Pouce Coupe River and a disc skimmer was placed inside the boomed area to collect spilled product.

An estimated 40,000 L of crude oil was lost, however, the majority of the product was likely consumed during the truck fire.

An overflight of the incident site was conducted yesterday (November 17, 2019). Some sheening was observed within the first 2 km downstream from the bridge. No sheening was observed further down.

Water sampling continued yesterday and an excavator removed the top layer of soil on one side of the road to recover spilled product. Engineers inspected the bridge yesterday. Please check DriveBC.ca for the latest highway closure information.

Additional updates will be posted when new information is available.

UPDATE 3: As of Nov 18.. Good news! Hwy 49 has reopened to single lane alternating traffic.

UPDATE 2: Hwy 49 could reopen on Monday at 4 am MST. Keep updated using DriveBC.ca.

UPDATE 1: Sunday Nov 17: Hwy 49 remains closed. Detour for light traffic only using 207 Road and Briar Bridge, otherwise use Hwy 2 to access Alberta. The area is still under assessment by cleanup crews. The truck has been removed. Our next update will be on Monday unless new information becomes available.

Photo by: BC Spill Response Team. Alan Stebbing.

DAWSON CREEK, BC: A b-train tanker truck carrying petroleum crude oil (UN 1267) was involved in an accident on Highway 49 while crossing the Pouce Coupe bridge. The accident resulted in a tanker truck fire approximately 5 km east of Dawson Creek.

Dawson Creek Fire Department, the RCMP and an Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) attended the scene. The driver was taken to hospital.

The responding EERO conducted a site assessment upon arrival. The truck and trailer were mostly consumed by the fire. The bridge is closed until further notice. An engineer will assess and certify the bridge is safe for operation before it is re-opened.

BC Transportation Photo. What’s left of the B-train.

Oil was observed on the bridge and there is some sheening on the Pouce Coupe river immediately below the incident site. The responsible person is working to put absorbent boom in the river downstream from the incident site.

The responsible person hired an environmental contractor to conduct sampling and oversee remediation. Work is being done to clear a path to allow a picker to remove the truck from the bridge to allow for clean-up operations. A Recovery Specialist with the B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy will monitor the recovery phase of this incident.

Additional updates will be posted when new information is available.

Written and released by BC Government.

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