Motor Vehicle Incident West of Keremoeos

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Incident Description

Incident Date March 22, 2019
Name Motor Vehicle Incident West of Keremeos (DGIR: 184640)
Source Semi Truck
Nearest Community Hedley, B.C. 
Spilled Content Red wine
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (ENV), BC Coroners Service


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 & Climate Change Strategy (ENV) 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

March 22, 2019 - 11:40 am

Approximately 20 m of ditch and some private property near the incident site was impacted by the spill. No fuel or wine is visible on the surface of the ground. The ditch was not carrying any water and no snow was on the ground. At this time, no waterways have been impacted. 

The fuel released from the saddle tank was minor and was plugged by a first responder. The coroner is en route to the accident scene. 

No further updates are anticipated unless the situation worsens.  

March 22, 2019 - 8:23 am

A semi truck collided with a small passenger vehicle resulting in a fatality approximately 8 km east of Hedley, 22 km west of Keremeos on Highway 3. The semi truck was carrying red wine and an unknown amount of wine has spilled as a result of the incident. It is unknown at this time if the truck's saddle tanks have been compromised.

The coroner is en route and Highway 3 will remain closed. A traffic detour is being established. Please visit DriveBC for more information on highway closures and detours. 

An update will be posted as soon as new information is available. 


Incident Location