Southwest-bound traffic heading into Saskatoon on Highway 11 was diverted onto Wanuskewin Road over the busy noon hour as a result of a two-vehicle collision on Friday, September 27.
A southwest-bound five-ton truck carrying chemicals was rear-ended by a semi-trailer unit on Highway 11 between the Wanuskewin Road intersection and the Highway 12 overpass at about 11:15 a.m.. The driver of the truck that was rear-ended was assessed on scene by emergency personnel from Medavie Ambulance. No extrication of the driver was required.
Warman RCMP blocked off the southwest-bound lanes of Highway 11 at Wanuskewin Road and diverted traffic while emergency responders attended to the drivers of the trucks.
Warman Fire Rescue was initially called by dispatchers to the scene, which is actually within the jurisdiction of Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD). SFD was then called and responded with a Haz-Mat unit, as the truck that was rear-ended was carrying chemicals. Fortunately, the barrels of chemicals appeared to be intact and no leakage was initially detected. However, a 100-meter-long field of debris from the crash is scattered along the highway.
Two SFD fire engines, one heavy rescue unit, one haz-mat unit, and one battalion chief were dispatched for response. SFD Haz-mat technicians worked on scene to confirm that the chemical being transported was five 45-gallon barrels of acetone; it was also confirmed that none of the chemical barrels were leaking.
There were no serious injuries, environmental impacts, or public safety risks as a result of this collision.