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Vehicle crash and fire claims one life on Alaska Highway…

FORT ST. JOHN, BC: A commercial truck driver has died following a serious single vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on the Alaska Highway in Fort St. John…

Investigators determined that a southbound tanker truck hauling crude oil made a sharp left turn across the highway causing the truck to rollover into the opposing ditch and catching fire. The lone driver of the tanker, a man in his late 40’s from the Central Interior region, was unable to escape the wreckage.

The Fort St. John and Charlie Lake Fire Departments contained the fire while RCMP officers evacuated motorists and residents from the area for their health and safety, due to the toxicity of the fire. No other people, vehicles, structures or nearby forested areas were affected. The Alaska Highway was closed due to the fire and so RCMP could investigate further.

North Peace Regional Traffic Services (Fort St. John), Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement officers, WorkSafeBC, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the BC Coroners’ Service continue to investigate the cause of this collision.

Police are asking for any witnesses to this collision, including any dash camera footage of the tanker prior to the crash, to contact North Peace Regional Traffic Services in Fort St. John at 250-787-8140.

The Alaska Highway is now open.

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