Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Highway 16 Reduced to single lane traffic West of Exchamsiks owing to vehicle incident

Update:  Drive BC advised Tuesday night that the road had re-opened to both lanes of traffic.

Travel between Terrace and Prince Rupert has come to a stop as Highway officials and the RCMP attend to a vehicle incident 60 kilometres west of Terrace.

Reports out of Terrace advised that a truck carrying lumber had overturned and lost its load, resulting in the closure of the highway.

The location of the incident is just west of Exchamsiks Provincial Park, with assessments currently underway.

Drive BC does not provide a timetable as to when they anticipate the road to re-opened to traffic.

Updates will be provided to their Drive BC website or from their twitter feed through the afternoon with the latest information as to the status of the highway.

The Highway 16 closure is  the second major road incident of the day for the Northwest, earlier today Highway 37 between Terrace and Kitimat was closed after a truck jack-knifed south of the Kitamaat Village Road, that route was cleared shortly after 11 am.

CFTK-- Lumber Truck Tips near Kasiks-- Highway re-opened to Single Lane Alternating
CFTK-- Jack-knifed Truck Blocks Traffic in Kitimat

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