RCMP files: tanker crash, tool theft, honest impaired driver

A tanker hauling wet asphalt drove into the ditch across from Summit Lake, leaking some of its contents on Oct. 9.

  • Oct. 26, 2013 3:00 p.m.

Tanker in ditch

A tanker hauling asphalt oil drove into the ditch across from Summit Lake, leaking some of its contents on Oct. 9.

At 11:43 p.m., the Nakusp RCMP received a call from the Arrow Lakes Hospital that the driver of a tractor trailer was being treated for injuries from an accident near Summit Lake.

Swerving to avoid a deer, the driver had driven into the ditch across from the lake, about 20 kilometres east of Nakusp.

Nakusp RCMP contacted the Ministry of Environment and crews were sent to assess and clean up the scene. The trucking company Macal Bulk Transport was cooperative with clean-up actives, said the Ministry of Environment.

A small spill out of the valve of the forward tank was no threat to the lake, according to the Ministry, although dams were placed between the spill and the lake as a precautionary measure. The asphalt solidified, not coming into reach of the dam, and the Ministry said clean up was completed on Oct. 18.

The crash is currently being investigated by RCMP and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement.

Theft of tools

A Stihl saw and an industrial weed whacker were stolen from a tree planting worksite near Wilson Creek Road, the Nakusp RCMP were told on Oct. 10.

Each piece of equipment is worth approximately $700. Anyone with any information is asked to please call the Nakusp RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Impaired,but honest

In the early hours of Oct. 13, Slocan Lake RCMP received word that an intoxicated female at a residence in Silverton had told the home owner that she was in an accident.

Patrolling the area, police located the inebriated woman walking on Highway 6 at the South end of Silverton. The woman informed the officer that she had crashed her car, and that she had been drinking.

She gave two samples of breath on separate alcohol screening devices at roadside, with the results showing that the driver had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit.

The woman was issued a 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition from driving and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

-with files from Nakusp RCMP


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