Tanker spill closes Hwy 1 at Goldstream
Police investigating impaired driving charges
A fuel tanker crashed and overturned near Goldstream Provincial Park Saturday evening, spilling 30,000 litres of fuel and closing the Trans-Canada Highway into Sunday.
West Shore RCMP said Langford Fire Rescue attended the scene. The Trans-Canada Highway south of Finlayson Road was closed when it became apparent that fuel from the spill entered a nearby stream.
Cst. Julie Chanin said the Ministry of Environment was notified of the spill and the highway was closed so that officials could address the environmental concern.
As of 10 a.m. PT Sunday, the road had not reopened, and without the Island Highway link through Goldstream, much of southern Vancouver Island remained cut off from the rest of the island.
RCMP had asked stranded travelers to turn around and make other travel arrangements. Police advised that those stuck on the south end of the closure could find a place to rest at the Langford Royal Canadian Legion Hall.
Finlayson Arm Road was also being suggested as a detour route, but police also advised that it has very limited access. A "very small number" of vehicles were being led through Saturday night by a pilot car.
The tanker crash happened at around 6 p.m. Saturday night and involved a Columbia Fuels tanker truck.
The driver, a 33-year-old Nanaimo man, was taken into custody. Police said that they are investigating whether alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.