Fire on truck hauling explosives closes highway near Kamloops
Highway 1 near Savona was shut down for over 3 hours Thursday afternoon
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.