The two fuel tankers at kilometre 1105 on the Alaska Highway just west of the Rancheria Lodge.
The Yukon government plans to re-open the Alaska Highway Tuesday
evening and have pilot cars escorting the flow of traffic past the site
where a fuel truck towing two tankers crashed, with at least one tanker
The territory's department of environment said in a release that
approxmately 20,000 litres of fuel was spilled. Foam was put on the
spill to mitigate the fumes and prevent it from catching on fire.
"The incident site has been stabilized," said a later release.
Whitehorse based Pacesetter Petroleum, which operates the truck, has
hired a contractor to deal with the incident, said the release, adding
that "fuel is being removed from the site."
The release said that the government's emergency social services unit
was assisting people stranded on the highway, "by providing portable
toilets, food and water."
However, some people waiting in long lines of traffic told CBC News that they had not seen or talked to any officials.
The crash, which took place at around 8:30 Monday evening, was at
kilometre 1105, just west of Rancheria Lodge and about 125 kilometres
west of Watson Lake.
RCMP say the driver was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Traffic was lining up at points on the Alaska Highway while people waited for the highway to reopen. (Philippe Morin/CBC)
Flagpersons were on the highway all day at several locations near
communities on each side of the crash to alert motorists to the closure,
said Heather McKay, who works with the territory's department of
highways and public works.
A Pacesetter truck also overturned at the intersection of the Alaska
and North Klondike highways in Whitehorse in June, closing both roads
for hours. An employee at its Whitehorse office said the company was
trying to determine what had happened.
The RCMP said the public should monitor Yukon highways' emergency road closure website www.511yukon.ca for updates on the closure.
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