A single vehicle crash near 150 Mile House early Tuesday has claimed the life of a 55-year-old man from Prince George.
At around 4:30 a.m. a tractor trailer travelling north on Highway 97 carrying hydrochloric acid attempted to exit onto the Horsefly Likely Road, but crossed the road and rolled onto its side in the opposite ditch, said Const. Rick Meaver, of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Traffic Services Tuesday afternoon.
The 150 Mile Volunteer Fire Department, Williams Lake RCMP, Central Cariboo Search and Rescue, Williams Lake Fire Department and BC Ambulance attended the scene. A Ministry of Environment emergency response officer from Kamloops arrived to advise the scene was safe at about 9 a.m.
The driver was extracted from the vehicle but pronounced dead at the scene.
The highway was closed in both directions as a precaution for several hours while the site was investigated.
A Ministry of Environment spokesperson confirmed there were no leaks from the truck and that no vapours had been measured at the scene.
The driver was the only person inside the vehicle at the time of the crash.
If anyone witnessed the collision they are requested to contact the Williams Lake RCMP at 250-392-6211.