Icy roads wreak havoc on Highway 97 near Chetwynd

Between the hours of 6:30 and 10:30 a.m., Chetwynd RCMP responded to three unrelated collisions on Highway 97 south of town. One, about four kilometres south of the junction with Highway 29, resulted in Highway 97 being reduced to single-lane, alternating traffic, though the highway has since been re-opened to traffic in both directions.

The number of people sent to hospital and the extent of their injuries could not be confirmed this afternoon, but attempts will be made to follow up on these incidents. Police report that several vehicles were damaged beyond the point of practical repair as a result of these collisions.

Chetwynd RCMP is advising the motoring public to exercise caution while driving as area roads have become very icy due to the recent drop in temperature. They are encouraging anyone who witnesses unsafe driving to contact the local detachment at 150-788-9221, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is warning of the following poor conditions on highways in the region:

Slippery sections on Highway 52 in both directions – slippery sections 70 kilometres north of Tumbler Ridge to Arras.

Compact snow on Highway 97 in both directions – compact snow from the Pine Pass Summit to the junction with Highway 2 in Dawson Creek.

More information can be found online at www.drivebc.ca.

  

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