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Canada Truck carrying 40K litres of oil crashes, burns near Dawson Creek

04:40  17 november  2019
04:40  17 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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16, 2019 a truck hauling 40,000 litres of crude oil crashed and burned on Highway 49, five kilometres outside of Dawson Creek B.C. (Alan Stebbing/B.C. Emergency officials are scrambling to clean up an oil spill in northern B.C. after a tanker truck crashed and burst into flames on Highway 49.

A tanker truck carrying petroleum crude oil rolled over and caught fire between the northeast B.C. community of Dawson Creek and the Alberta border Saturday Emergency Management B.C. says the truck was carrying 40 ,000 litres of oil , but most of it is believed to have burned in the fire.

Emergency officials are scrambling to clean up an oil spill in northern B.C. after a tanker truck crashed and burst into flames on Highway 49.

The province says the truck was involved in an accident while crossing Pouce Coupe bridge, five kilometres east of Dawson Creek, just before 2 p.m. Saturday.

It was hauling 40,000 litres of crude oil. Officials say most of the truck was consumed by fire after the accident.

The Dawson Creek Fire Department, the RCMP and an environmental emergency response officer all rushed to the scene.

The province said the driver of the truck was taken to hospital for treatment, but officials didn't specify his or her injuries.

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A tanker truck burns following a crwash on the Pouce Coupe River Bridge near Dawson Creek , B.C., on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. A tanker truck that crashed and burned over the weekend near the B.C.-Alberta boundary was carrying 40 ,000 litres of crude oil .

Truck carrying 40 K litres of oil crashes , burns near Dawson Creek | CBC News.

The bridge is closed in both directions until an engineer can confirm it's safe to reopen.

a wooden bench covered in snow: On Saturday Nov. 16, 2019 a truck hauling 40,000 litres of crude oil crashed and burned on Highway 49, five kilometres outside of Dawson Creek B.C.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation On Saturday Nov. 16, 2019 a truck hauling 40,000 litres of crude oil crashed and burned on Highway 49, five kilometres outside of Dawson Creek B.C.

Officials say oil was spilled on the bridge and into the Pouce Coupe river. They have not said how much of the oil spilled onto the roadway and into the surrounding area, but that much of it burned in the fire.

Efforts are being made to contain what oil did spill downstream with an absorbent boom.

Drive B.C. says there is a detour along 207 Road and Briar Ridge to Highway 2.

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