Icy roads lead to collisions on Alaska Highway

Fort St. John RCMP are urging caution after two accidents occurred on the Alaska Highway on Wednesday evening and Tuesday morning.

Both accidents closed the highway for several hours, and one person sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said.

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 The first was on Tuesday evening at approximately 6 p.m., at Mile 86, when a tanker truck slid off the road and into the ditch.

Two other vehicles trying to avoid the tanker truck subsequently slid into the ditch, said police. No one was harmed in the accident, which closed the highway for four hours.

The second accident occurred on Wednesday morning just after 5 a.m., when a pick-up truck trying to pass another vehicle at Mile 80 was faced with an oncoming semi.

Police said that the driver braked, but the icy road prevented him from stopping, and the truck t-boned him. The only injury sustained was to the passenger of the pickup, who was taken to the Fort St. John hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The highway was closed for a short time, then opened to single alternating traffic for several hours.

Police say that drivers should exercise extreme caution, even if roads look safe.

“With fluctuating and warm weather patterns it’s important that all drivers slow down,” wrote RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a release.

“Give yourself extra time to get where you are going. Give yourself extra space between you and the vehicle in front. Pass with extreme caution. And, always be focused on your driving. Remember that the roads may look bare and dry but are actually quite icy," she added.


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