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UPDATE: Highway 49 reopened after semi rollover

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UPDATE: RCMP say the wreckage has been cleared and traffic reopened as of 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Highway 49 is closed in both directions just west of Spirit River. RCMP say emergency crews are on the scene of a semi tanker roughly two kilometres west of the town, which has blocked both east and westbound traffic.

The rollover sparked a fire in the semi tractor, which has since been put out. Oil also leaked from the tanker, which has since been contained.

The driver of the semi was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries. There’s no reported risk to the public, but recovery crews are expected to be on the scene for several hours. There’s no estimated time of the highway reopening.

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