Spill On Highway 97

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The reasoning behind the major delays on the Alaska Highway following a tanker crash over the last few days are becoming more clear.

The Highway was forced closed between Wonowon and Pink Mountain for 18 hours on Tuesday, before being reduced to single lane traffic through most of yesterday.

Though the initial closure was due to a tanker truck flipping on the road, the specifics have remained vague.

Officials from the Ministry of Environment were on scene yesterday to give their assessment of the incident.

According to the Ministry, the RBS Bulk Systems tanker truck jackknifed and spilled 38 of its 43 cubic meters of condensate on to the highway.

An initial assessment was required by a member of the spill response team to make sure there was no chance of explosion before the area could be cleared.

The initial assessment was followed by an Edmonton contractor being called in to clean up the spill.

Ministry officials say that the impact on the ditch, which saw most of the runoff from the spill, is minimal. The highway will return to normal operation today.

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