(Tammy Milne photo via Facebook)

(Tammy Milne photo via Facebook)

Emergency crews respond to semi-truck rollover near Parksville weigh scale

Incident resulted in minor hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) spill

A semi truck rollover Thursday afternoon continues to disrupt traffic just south of Parksville this morning.

According to a press release from the City of Parksville, they tanker truck overturned shortly after 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, resulting in a minor hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) spill. The incident occurred on the northbound on ramp, interchange 46. Parksville Fire Rescue responded to the incident and remains on scene to manage the incident.

Island Highway East (19A) from Herring Gull Way to Kay Road as well as the northbound off and on ramps at interchange 46 remain closed until the situation is concluded. Highway 19 is open in both directions.

On arrival at the scene, Parksville Fire Rescue quickly extinguished a small ground fire at the overturned unit. The driver was unharmed and out of the vehicle when Parksville Fire Rescue arrived. PFR implemented isolation distances and stabilized the incident and continues to intermittently cool the trailer and product with water, monitoring the temperature with thermal devices; the incident is now considered to be stable.

An initial RCMP investigation determined the semi-truck rolled over on its side while making a left hand turn from Highway 19A on to the northbound on ramp to Highway 19, according to Sgt. Shane Worth of the Oceanside RCMP. The Highway 19 northbound off ramp and northbound on ramp were closed to traffic as crews worked to safely upright the semi-truck.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing, according to RCMP.

Parksville Fire Rescue is working with the product shipper and owner as well as Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC) and the B.C. Ministry of Environment to mitigate the hazards. The shipper has flown in a product specialist who is on site. Hazmat technicians from the Lower Mainland arrived at 1:30 a.m. and are working to secure the product so the vehicle can be recovered and removed. The department is working closely with City of Parksville operations department, Mainroad, RCMP, BC Emergency Health Services, Emergency Management Oceanside and others to ensure safe mitigation.

Five additional fire departments are assisting with water shuttle to provide adequate water for the incident. Run-off is being contained in an adjacent holding pond.

Hydrogen peroxide quickly decomposes into water and oxygen and there was no serious and immediate threat to human life during the incident. Hydrogen peroxide can produce flame under certain circumstances if high concentrations are exposed to flammable materials. In a diluted form hydrogen peroxide is commonly kept in homes as a mild antiseptic. Its primary use industrially is for bleaching paper or pulpwood.

— NEWS Staff

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