Motor Vehicle Incident in Glacier National Park

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Incident Description

Incident Date March 13, 2017
Name Motor Vehicle Incident (MVI) in Glacier National Park (DGIR: 163597)
Source Motor Vehicle Incident
Nearest Community Revelstoke, B.C.
Spilled Content Diesel Fuel and Paint 
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment, Emergency Management B.C., Transport Canada, B.C. Ambulance, RCMP, Parks Canada, B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.


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

March 14, 2017 - 9 am

Highway 1 has reopened after a fatal multi-vehicle incident in Glacier National Park yesterday. B.C. Ministry of Environment has coordinated with Parks Canada staff and response contractors to oversee the cleanup of spilled dangerous goods. An environmental consultant has been retained for vehicle fluids cleanup, including diesel fuel and paint which were released as a result of the incident. 

No further updates are anticipated for this incident. 

March 13, 2017 - 10:05 am

A multiple-vehicle accident occurred near the west gate of Glacier National Park this morning. Three semi tractor trailers and a SUV are reported to be involved in the incident. RCMP, B.C. Ambulance and Parks Canada staff are enroute to the scene. 

Highway 1 through Glacier National Park is closed in both directions. Please see DriveBC Traveller Information for more details.

Further investigation is needed to determine if there are dangerous goods involved. B.C. Ministry of Environment staff are monitoring the situation. Further updates will be provided as soon as new information becomes available.