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Driver escapes with minor injuries after transport truck slides down a 200-foot embankment

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A small amount of diesel fuel spilled into Cuisson Creek after a transport truck left the highway near Quesnel last week.

At approximately 8:45 a.m., January 25, a transport truck was traveling south on Highway 97, near Church Road, when the trailer jackknifed, crossed the centerline and entered the ditch on east side. The truck traveled approximately 200 feet down a steep embankment before colliding with a tree.

The truck and trailer did not roll over, but the fuel tank ruptured and leaked diesel into the Cuisson Creek.The Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Environment have been notified of the spill.

“It is very fortunate that the transport truck did not collide with a northbound vehicle prior to entering the ditch,” said Sgt. Richard Weseen of the Quesnel RCMP. “We want to remind drivers to slow down and drive appropriately for the weather and road conditions.”

The driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries by ambulance. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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