A key roadway in Saskatoon has reopened after being shut down for over 24 hours.
Crews cleared College Drive between Circle Drive and Central Avenue for traffic around 10:30 a.m. Friday, after workers removed a semi-truck that flipped Thursday morning in the eastbound lanes.
The truck was hauling anhydrous ammonia. While firefighters confirmed no tankers ruptured, the presence of the dangerous material made cleanup efforts tricky for workers.
The truck’s tankers had to be drained of the ammonia before Transport Canada could give approval for the truck to be set upright and removed from the scene.
Shortly after 6 a.m. Friday, the Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) reported the truck had been successfully drained.
From there, a crane had to be brought in to pick up each of two tanker trailers and load them onto flatbeds so they could be hauled away.
Speaking to media around 10:30 a.m. Friday, Saskatoon Fire Chief Morgan Hackl praised the efforts of everyone involved in getting the situation sorted out.
“I would say things went very well,” he said of the incident response. “Every step we took, we had success. Everybody worked together, and it was safe for the staff who were working to complete those tasks.”
No injuries were reported as a result of Thursday’s incident.