Alaska Highway shut down by motor vehicle collision

Fort St John

2020-03-27 22:05 PDT

File # 2020-2989

On March 27, 2020 at about 5:00pm, Fort St John RCMP received a report of a multi-vehicle collision approximately 7 km West of the Beatton Airport Road.

Frontline police officers and emergency services attended the collision and found 6 vehicles had been involved in the collision. 

"This collision occurred during a time of extreme winter road conditions and peak traffic flow for workers returning home after work," said Cst Connor Watson.  "Thankfully, only two people sustained minor injuries and both have since been released from hospital."

6 vehicle collision including semi truck and trailers blocking Hwy 97 north of Beatton Airport Rd

See larger photo - 6 vehicle collision

A semi-tanker truck, vac truck, flatdeck truck, service truck, welder pickup, and a car sustained varying degrees of damage.  The semi-tractor blocked most of the road with the first tanker leaking diesel fuel after it was struck.

The Fort St John RCMP have partnered with various government ministries to ensure that the roads are re-opened as soon as possible and that the impact to the environment remains minimal.

The collision occurred just hours after a March snowstorm blew in causing very slippery conditions.  The investigation continues but the extreme winter road conditions were determined to be a factor.

The road will remain closed in order for the leaking fuel to be safely removed from the tanker before all remaining vehicles are cleared from the site.

At the time of writing the Alaska Highway northbound is still closed at Beatton Airport Road with flaggers on scene.

Released by

Cst. Chad Neustaeter

Media Relations Officer
Fort St John RCMP
10648 100th St, Fort St John, BC, V1J 3Z6
Office: 250-787-8100
Fax: 250-787-8133

Email: chad.neustaeter@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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