On the evening of August 7th, around 8:30 p.m, Watson Lake RCMP, along with Fire and Emergency Medical Services, responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover involving a tanker truck at kilometre 1105 of the Alaska Highway near Rancheria. The driver of truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment.
As a result of the collision, a spill had occurred at the scene, making it dangerous for motorists to pass through. This resulted in an immediate highway closure between Teslin and Watson Lake.
Around 7:30 p.m. on August 8th, 511 Yukon confirmed that the Alaska Highway had re-opened to alternating piloted traffic in both directions.
Motorists are asked to please be patient, as it will take some time to safely clear the backlog of vehicles that have been waiting at both ends. In addition to staff from the Department of Highways and Public Works, RCMP officers from Teslin and Watson Lake remain in the area to ensure motorists are driving safely.
If you are traveling through, please proceed slowly and with caution.
Crews will continue to work at the scene of the spill over the next few days. Delays are possible until these crews have completed their work at the site.
The response to this incident was coordinated by the Joint Emergency Operations Coordination Centre, in partnership with the Yukon Emergency Measures Organization, Yukon RCMP, Yukon Government departments of Environment, Highways and Public Works, Health and Social Services and Yukon Protective Services.