Tanker truck burns after crash

A tanker truck transporting sour gas burned for hours and damaged a bridge on Hwy 590 east of Innisfail Friday afternoon after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

A tanker truck transporting sour gas burned for hours and damaged a bridge on Hwy 590 east of Innisfail Friday afternoon after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Around 2 p.m. Friday, Innisfail RCMP were called to the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Hwy 590 just east of Hwy 905. A tanker truck had been driving eastbound on Hwy 590 when the driver lost control and the truck collided with the guard rail of a bridge.

The accompanying trailer swung into oncoming traffic and collided with a minivan heading west, pinning the vehicle in place.

The tanker truck “burned extensively for several hours” and was completely destroyed. No one was injured, but a 90-year-old male passenger in the minivan was transported to hospital as a precaution considering his age.

The bridge was damaged from the collision and subsequent fire, and Hwy 590 at the bridge will remain closed “for some time,” according to a release.

The adult male driver of the truck has been charged with failing to maintain the center of his lane.