Crews begin pulling truck from ice near Deline, N.W.T.
Detour road around truck could open to other fuel haulers Saturday, says Department of Transportation
Crew members started work Thursday to remove a fuel tanker from the ice on Great Bear Lake about three kilometres from Deline, N.W.T.
"I'd say I'll get a very good update by last light tonight as to how they're coming along," said Kevin McLeod, director of highways for the N.W.T.'s Department of Transportation, early Friday afternoon.
"It's a very slow and deliberate process."
On Friday, "they cut the ice around the truck, which was a very delicate operation of course, and they have attached the truck to a cable and they are lifting it up as we speak. And then they'll drag it out of the water."
Asked if the work will be completed by the end of Friday, McLeod replied, "I'm optimistic they'll get proceeding. But I've been involved in many of these things and anything can happen. We must be prepared for it."
The community is expecting 70 more truckloads of fuel. McLeod said a detour road around the truck could be opened to other fuel-carrying trucks "as early as Saturday."
As for whether the incident will shorten the ice crossing's operating window this year — it typically closes during the last week of March or the first week of April — McLeod said, "That's strictly up to mother nature."