La Ronge RCMP say no water sources were at risk after a fuel spill north of La Ronge last night.
At around 7:45 pm, police received reports of a truck which had left Highway 102 and rolled about 9 km south of Missinipe.
RCMP Sgt. Richard Price says when the fuel leak was discovered, Saskatchewan Environment was contacted:
“Saskatchewan Environment is involved in the investigation. The fuel has been contained, and it is not believed to be a risk to any water source. A local La Ronge company is assisting, just in regards to making sure the scene is safe and that the fuel is contained.”
Price says the truck entered the ditch and rolled, and the driver was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Saskatchewan Environment spokesperson Ralph Bock says the truck was hauling automobile gasoline.
“It was carrying up to 25,000 litres. There was one leak from one of the compartments that was plugged by local responders — so the exact volume amount will be determined once we have the remaining product off-loaded. We have members from our compliance and field service office in La Ronge attending the site to monitor, so we’ll continue monitoring. So once the scene is cleared, the emergency response phase is cleared, the nature and the extent of the impact will be determined.”
Bock says the emergency response clean-up phase is expected to be complete later today.
As of 2 pm, the fuel from the overturned tanker that was being transferred into a second tanker unit.
A tow truck was scheduled to arrive at 3:00 pm to remove the tractor unit from the ditch.
The RCMP say the highway will be closed for a short period of time while the tow truck is hauling the tanker out of the ditch.