Taylor District Motor Vehicle Incident

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Incident Description

Incident Date Dec. 13, 2020
Name Taylor District Motor Vehicle Incident (DGIR 203308)
Source Motor vehicle incident
Nearest Community Taylor
Spilled Content Gasoline
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (ENV), Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), Seaboard Transportation, local Fire Department, and 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 & 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

Dec 15, 2020 - 13:06 pm

The accident site was cleaned up late yesterday. Environmental consultants have been contracted to sample the area and remove any contaminated material if necessary. Ministry of Environmental and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) staff will continue to monitor the incident as it resolves. No additional updates are anticipated. 

Highway 97 remains closed. Please see Drive BC for updates on the reopening of the highway. 

Dec 13, 2020 - 6:56 pm

It was confirmed that the fuel tanker was carrying gasoline. A Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) response officer remained on scene throughout the day and will return tomorrow morning. Highway 97 remains closed overnight, updates on road closures can be found at: DriveBC.  

Dec 13, 2020 - 12:54 pm

A fuel tanker carrying gasoline was involved in an accident with a single vehicle resulting in the fuel tanker catching fire approximately 24 km south of Fort St John on Hwy 97. A Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) response officer, local fire department, RCMP, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) have arrived on scene. The tanker truck has been extinguished, however product has migrated under the highway into a culvert where it is still burning. Product has also entered a small nearby frozen creek where it appears to be contained. The highway is currently shutdown and a detour has been established to shuttle traffic around the site. 

New information will be provided as it becomes available.

Approximate Incident Location