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Updated: Evacuation ends after tanker truck crash in northeastern B.C.

200 people evacuated after tanker truck crashes on Alaska highway Sunday night

Wonowon is 88 km north of Fort St. John on the Alaska Highway (Google Maps)

The Alaska Highway is now open, and people are being allowed back into their homes following an evacuation near the community of Wonowon.

At about 7:30 Sunday night, a tanker truck rolled over into a ditch near a work camp.

The truck was carrying 60,000 litres of gasoline.

RCMP evacuated 200 people from the site, including a work camp, gas station, and a few residences. The Alaska Highway was closed for 10 hours.

Police are now allowing people back into their homes and businesses, although Wonowon Elementary will be closed for the day.

A hazardous material team is on the scene assessing the leak. It is not yet known how much fuel leaked from the truck.

There are no reported injuries.

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