Two people injured in rollover near Roche Percee

Members of the Estevan Fire Rescue Service, Estevan RCMP and Estevan Emergency Medical Services were called to a semi-trailer unit that rolled over near the Roche Percee Valley on Wednesday evening.

Fire Chief Dale Feser said the incident occurred on Highway 39, near the crest of the top of the hill that is east of the CP Rail crossing. The semi, which was headed west, left the road and came to a rest on its side north of the ditch.

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The driver and a passenger escaped the truck and were treated at the scene with minor injuries.

No dangerous goods were on board. Feser reported that the semi was carrying a frozen food product.

“We had to isolate the vehicle’s electrical sources so that way we didn’t have an ignition hazard, as there was a leaking fuel coming out of the fuel cells,” said Feser.

Minor leaks also came from the truck’s engine.

No environmental damage occurred due to the rollover.

Feser said it wasn’t going to be an easy scene to clear, because the vehicle was loaded with the frozen food, and the product would have to be offloaded due to the structural damage sustained by the trailer.

Both lanes of traffic on Highway 39 remained open while emergency crews remained on the scene.

The following day, the Estevan RCMP returned to the scene to assist with traffic control while a tow truck company removed the semi truck and trailer from the ditch. Traffic along Highway 39 was delayed and down to one lane for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

A cause of the rollover has not been released.


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