Crews clean fuel spill from overturned tanker on Dempster Highway

Environment Yukon crews are cleaning up diesel after a tanker truck overturned on the Dempster Highway on Tuesday. The highway is closed north of Eagle Plains.

The highway is closed between Eagle Plains and the Northwest Territories border

Crews are cleaning up a diesel spill from a tanker that overturned north of Eagle Plains, Yukon, on Tuesday. (Yukon Environment)

Crews are cleaning up a fuel spill from a diesel tanker truck that overturned on the Dempster Highway, yesterday afternoon.

The incident happened at kilometre 382, about 13 kilometres north of Eagle Plains, Yukon. 

The amount of diesel that spilled from the tanker is still being determined, but Yukon Environment says it is "small and contained."

The department didn't know if there were any injuries associated with the accident. In a photo of the overturned tanker, the truck cab, where the driver sits, appears to be upright. 

Eric Clement with Yukon Environment says workers from a highway grader camp in Eagle Plains responded quickly to the incident with a spill kit. An empty truck was used to store fuel that was pumped from the leaking compartment of the overturned tanker.

Clement didn't know the name of the company that owns the overturned truck, but said a company representative was expected to arrive at the site today.

According to Yukon 511, the Dempster Highway is closed between kilometre 369 and the Northwest Territories border at kilometre 465. Blowing snow is contributing to the highway being impassable.

This is the second truck rollover on that road in recent months. A truck carrying 43,000 litres of propane rolled over on the Dempster Highway in December.


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