UPDATE: Tanker spills thousands of litres near Princeton

UPDATE: The B.C. Environment Ministry says about 19,000 litres of diesel and gasoline leaked from the tanker as a result of the crash.  That’s about half the rig’s load.

It says no waterways have been impacted by the large spill and that clean-up is under way.

The Princeton fire department is on scene to assist in the clean-up



NEAR PRINCETON, B.C. — A fuel tanker plummeted over a 20 meter embankment off Highway 3 Sunday afternoon.

It happened at around 12 p.m. roughly 15 kilometers west of Princeton.

According to the Princeton Volunteer Fire Department the driver of the truck sustained minor injuries but was taken to hospital.

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The fuel truck was carrying two tanks, one with what’s believed to be diesel the other gas.

At last word, both those tanks were still leaking fuel.

The fire department had to stand down because it fell outside their jurisdiction. The crash site is in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

The highway was closed for several hours as Ministry of Highways and the regional district assessed situation.