Photo: Samuel Tsai

Drive BC says a single lane on Highway 4 has reopened between the Port Alberni and the Ucluelet /Tofino junction. As of 4:25 p.m., the lane is open to alternating traffic. 

A stretch of Highway 4 was closed in both directions after a fuel tanker truck lost control and flipped on its side on Highway 4 Thursday afternoon.

It happened approximately 25 kilometres from the Junction near Hydro Hill East and Kennedy Lake. It’s estimated 3,000 litres of fuel was lost.

The District of Ucluelet and Alberni Clayoquot Regional District activated their emergency operations centres. Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade and the RCMP responded, as did the Ministry of Environment.

Emergency Management BC was also on scene.

The driver of the vehicle was not seriously injured but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. 

A Hazmat salvage/recovery contractor, NUCOR, environmental has transferred the fuel from tank. Heatherton Industrial is addressing fuel contamination in and around the impacted site. 

According to the Ministry of the Environment, Canadian Air Crane is responsible for the cleanup. They have hired Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) to aid in the cleanup. WCMRC is conducting on-water assessment. 

Map source: Drive BC

 

 

 

 

Ben O'Hara