Sweetwater Road Truck Incident

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Incident Description

Incident Date March 3, 2019 
Name Sweetwater Road Truck Incident (DGIR: 184411)
Source Transport Truck
Nearest Community Rolla, B.C. 
Spilled Content Petroleum Crude Oil
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy


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 (MOE) 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 7, 2019 - 11:00 am

On March 3, 2019, a transport truck carrying petroleum crude oil went off Sweetwater Road between Rolla and Farmington, north of Dawson Creek, B.C. 

Both trailers and the tractor unit caught fire. There were no reports of injuries, however, the incident caused the closure of Sweetwater Road. The road was re-opened the next day (March 4, 2019). 

Approximately 37,000 L of crude oil was spilled to the roadway. No waterways were impacted. 

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer was on site on March 4, 2019, to monitor the incident clean up. 

No further updates are expected for this incident.

Sweetwater Road Truck Incident

(Transport truck incident off Sweetwater Road, March 5, 2019)


Approximate Incident Location