This septic tanker crashed and rolled across the Trans-Canada Highway Wednesday. The driver escaped with minor injuries.

Sewage hits the fan on the Trans-Canada

TCH northbound lane closed near Thetis Lake for septic truck rollover

The stench of sewage wafted across the Trans-Canada Highway Wednesday afternoon after a septic truck travelling northbound lost control and barrel-rolled across the highway, landing upside down near the road shoulder.

No other vehicles were involved and the driver of the truck walked away unscathed from the accident, which happened just after noon. Police say about 800 gallons of sewage leak from the tanker, some into Thetis Lake Park by the edge of the highway.

West Shore RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz said that the truck changed lanes from the centre lane to the outside passing lane just past the Colwood exit, and caught the side of the ditch, which sent the truck out of control.

The exact cause of the accident is under investigation. Rochlitz said that there didn’t appear to be any evidence of drugs or alcohol. She did say that for such an accident to happen with no serious injuries and no other vehicles involved is rare and lucky.

“It’s one of those situations where we usually expect to see much more significant injuries,” said Rochlitz, “but we’re very fortunate in this case.”

West Shore RCMP and fire departments from View Royal, Colwood and Langford were called to the scene. Hazmat crews and the Ministry of Environment attended the scene to deal with the spill.

Traffic headed northbound on the highway has been diverted for the time being. The highway is expected to reopen around 4 p.m. In the meantime traffic is being diverted down the Colwood exit and then back on to the highway via Six Mile Road.

Just Posted

Mudslide closes viewing area at Sooke Potholes

Safety concerns have led to the closure

Second co-housing community planned for Sooke

Community described as a ‘new way of living’

Gas pipeline protest planned for Sooke

Local activists join with other protests across Canada

Bike thief steals elderly man’s electric-assist bike

Bicycle is a black Raleigh Sprite IE Electric stolen from 600-block of Toronto Street

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

Ferry from Port Hardy to Bella Coola expected to set sail this summer

Its first in-service route will sail in central coast waters on May 18, 2019.

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Most Read