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