November 20, 2015
Tanker Motor Vehicle Accident
Kamloops, B.C.- On Friday November 20th at 5:25 am Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) responded to an motor vehicle incident on Highway 1 west bound near exit 374 (Hwy 5 North).
This was a two vehicle incident involving a tanker trailer and pick up truck. Two occupants of the pick truck were removed from the vehicle by KFR and transferred to British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) for further treatment and transport to RIH.
As a result of the impact a fire resulted that threatened the tanker. Kamloops Fire Rescue, RCMP and the Ministry of Environment assessed the situation, and as a precautionary measure began an evacuation of nearby residents.
The City of Kamloops Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated to a Level 1 status to support the needs of the incident and residents evacuated from the nearby area. A warming centre was initiated at the Kamloops Yacht Club in preparation of receiving evacuees.
As the incident evolved and further evaluations of the tanker were conducted, it was determined that the integrity of the tanker was not compromised and the fire had been extinguished. Those individuals displaced as a result of the incident were informed that they could return.
By 7:30 am Highway 1 eastbound was open to traffic, while westbound traffic will be allowed shortly following the RCMP conducting their investigation. The City’s EOC has also stood down.
KFR's quick response and actions mitigated a potentially large scale dangerous goods incident. Thank you to all the participating agencies for their cooperation in bringing this incident to a safe conclusion.