Logs and debris are seen at the side of Highway 16 outside of Prince Rupert at the Port Edward turn-off logging truck capsized and blocked the roadway for hours on July 28. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Logging truck crash closes Highway 16 into Prince Rupert

Heavy machinery called in to clean up logs and debris near Port Edward turn off

UPDATED:

A logging truck capsized and lost its load, closing Highway 16 in both directions just outside of Prince Rupert, on July 28.

Port Edward Fire Department responded to the heavily damaged truck on its side just before 6 a.m. at the turn-off to the municipality closing the road for several hours.

“At first we were controlling the fluids coming out of the truck from going into the nearby water at the bridge,” Jason Giesbrecht Fire Chief of the department said. “There was only one patient with minor injuries.”

Heavy machinery response crews arrived just after 8:30 a.m. to start clearing the roadway.

With traffic backed up near the gateway to Prince Rupert, the highway opened to single-lane traffic just before 10:30 a.m. with the road completely reopened just after 1:30 p.m.

“Our biggest challenge was not being able to get resources from the west side of the bridge and we had to rely on assistance and resources from Port Edward,” Giesbrecht said.

BC Highway cam caught images of the incident seven km east of Prince Rupert, with debris and logs piled at the side of the road just past Galloway Bridge.


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Logs and debris are seen at the side of Highway 16 outside of Prince Rupert at the Port Edward turn-off logging truck capsized and blocked the roadway for hours on July 28. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)