One man has been airlifted to hospital in Vancouver after suffering serious injuries in a tanker truck crash early Tuesday morning.
Emergency crews were called out to the single vehicle accident on Highway 29, nine kilometres north of Hudson's Hope near Farrell Creek at 6:50 a.m., according to police officials.
The driver managed to escape his truck with significant injuries, and make it to a nearby resident to call for help. His current condition is unknown.
The truck was carrying an estimated 40,000 litres of petroleum condensate, according to ministry of environment officials, and caught fire in the crash.
The Hudson's Hope Fire Department extinguished the truck fire as well as a spot fire that started on the other side of the highway.
The exact amount of condensate spilled is still being determined, the ministry says. No waterways are reported to be affected at this time.
An Environmental Emergency Response Officer with BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy is currently on site to aid in the response. A product recovery plan is being prepared to offload the remaining product and begin vehicle recovery and environmental remediation. A company safety manager has also been called in to the site.
The accident scene is open to single-lane traffic, however, motorists are advised to use Highway 97 as a detour as the road may be closed again on short notice.
Hudson's Hope RCMP continues to investigate. Officials with WorksafeBC and CVSE have also been notified.