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Driver arrested after semi-truck crashes, hits overpass at Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

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A semi-truck flipped over and struck an overpass at the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge Friday morning, causing a traffic nightmare for commuters.

The truck crashed under the Dollarton overpass above Highway 1 in North Vancouver around 4 a.m.

The driver, a 47-year-old man from Surrey, was not seriously hurt but has now been arrested for driving while impaired and driving while prohibited.

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Due to concerns about the structural integrity of the overpass, the Westbound lanes of Hwy 1 were temporarily closed to traffic, which caused significant traffic delays for morning commuters, North Vancouver RCMP said.

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Engineers were able to assess the overpass and it was deemed to be structurally safe.

However, when the crash was cleared, a fuel spill left the roadway slick and dangerous, RCMP said.

A significant amount of sand was required to soak up the spill, causing further delays.

The highway opened around 9:45 a.m.

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Eastbound traffic was not affected, but many drivers were slowing down to take a look at what’s happened.

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