Collision at Big Creek River Bridge

January 2, 2018
Watson Lake, Yukon

News release

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Photo of a tractor-trailer, jack-knifed at Big Creek River Bridge

Around 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 1, 2018, Watson Lake RCMP received a report of a single-vehicle collision on the Alaska Highway, approximately 65 kilometres west of Watson Lake.

The driver of a tractor-trailer reported having collided into the Big Creek River Bridge (kilometre 1042) around 4:15 p.m. This resulted in the truck being jack-knifed across the bridge entrance, making it impossible for traffic to get through.

Watson Lake RCMP attended the scene, along with the Watson Lake Fire Department and Bee Jay's Services out of Watson Lake.

There were no injuries reported.

The Alaska Highway was closed to traffic in both directions for about 5 hours while crews worked to clear the truck from the scene. The highway reopened around 10:30 p.m. to single lane traffic.

According to the Department of Highways and Public Works, engineering teams are currently assessing the condition of the bridge. Until that assessment is completed, traffic on the bridge will be one lane only, limited to speeds of 20 km/hr, and all overweight vehicles will be restricted. Drivers are advised to check yukon511.ca for updates.

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Contact information

Yukon RCMP - Media Relations
867-633-9330
mdiv.communications@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Department of Highways and Public Works
Heather McKay
867-456-3825

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