Motor Vehicle Incident near Elkford

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Incident Description

Incident Date April 7, 2017
Name Motor Vehicle Incident near Elkford (DGIR: 170089)
Source Motor Vehicle
Nearest Community Elkford, B.C.
Spilled Content Diesel fuel
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment, Emergency Management B.C., RCMP 


Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports. 

Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).

Most Recent Update

April 7, 2017 - 12:24 pm

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer with B.C. Ministry of Environment is now onsite at the spill location. It has been determined that the volume of the spill is substantially less than initially anticipated. The estimated volume spilled to the ditch is 5,000 - 6,000 L of diesel fuel.

The diesel appears to be contained in the ditch due to snowpack and emergency containment measures undertaken at the site. Specialized equipment is enroute to pump out the remaining product in the truck as well as the product in the ditch. At this time, it appears no waterways have been affected. 

First Nations in the area and the local government have been notified.

No further updates are anticipated.


Site Location:


April 7, 2017 - 10:46 am

A transport truck carrying 49,000 L of diesel fuel has rolled over in a ditch on Highway 43, approximately 10km south of the town of Elkford. The tank separted from the cab of the vehicle and has been compromised. Reports from the scene estimate 70 percent of the rear trailer load has been released to the ditch. This volume is unconfirmed at this time.

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) is enroute and is expected to arrive early this afternoon. Local fire rescue teams are onsite and RCMP officers are enroute. First Nations and local governments in the area are in the process of being notified.