Highway 16 reopens

Highway 16 reopened to single-lane traffic Thursday morning after a truck fire closed the road about 100 kilometres east of Prince George for almost 36 hours.

Highway 16 reopened to single-lane traffic Thursday morning after a truck fire closed the road about 100 kilometres east of Prince George for almost 36 hours.

Emergency crews could do nothing but sit back and wait as fire consumed a propane-filled trailer.

The road was closed near Dome Creek after the single-vehicle accident around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, which resulted in a fireball seen up to eight kilometres away, according to an RCMP press release.

 

For reasons still unknown, a transport truck hauling two propane-filled trailers somehow lost control, then flipped over and rolled down an embankment. The accident, which was reported by another commercial driver, caused one of the trailers to explode and the other to catch fire.