British Columbia

Fire on truck hauling explosives closes highway near Kamloops

A truck fire that began before 3 p.m. PT resulted in the closure of Highway 1 at Six Mile Hill near Tobiano for over three hours Thursday afternoon.

Highway 1 near Savona was shut down for over 3 hours Thursday afternoon

A screengrab from DriveBC.ca shows the approximate location where a fire on a truck hauling explosives has closed Highway 1 near Kamloops on Nov. 6, 2014. (DriveBC.ca)
A still from the DriveBC webcam facing west at on Highway 1 at Holloway Drive, near Savona, shows stopped traffic and smoke rising in the distance from the scene of the truck fire on Nov. 6, 2014 (DriveBC.ca)

A truck fire that began before 3 p.m. PT resulted in the closure of Highway 1 at Six Mile Hill near Tobiano for over three hours Thursday afternoon.

Cpl Cheryl Bush said the situation was very serious due to the contents that were being hauled.

"The tanker truck contains an explosive material, therefore the highway has been closed in both directions until further notice," she told CBC News just before 3:30 p.m. PT. "Police are currently assessing the situation and determining evacuation requirements for residents in the area."

RCMP said it appears the driver was able to unhook the trailer from the burning cab.

Just before 6:30 p.m. PT, DriveBC tweeted that the scene was clear and the highway had reopened.