Fort St. John RCMP respond to two accidents on Alaska Highway

Yesterday’s crash happened at approximately 6:10 p.m. Due to road conditions at the time a tanker truck had slid into the ditch. There were secondary incidents where two vehicles slid into the ditch, avoiding a collision. There were no injuries as a result, however the highway was closed for four hours.

This morning’s incident happened at 5:15 where the driver of a pick-up truck was attempting to pass another vehicle. As he was attempting the manoeuvre he was faced with an oncoming semi truck. As the driver applied his brakes in an attempt to avoid the collision he went into a skid and was t-boned by the semi. The passenger of the pick-up was taken to Fort St. John hospital with non life threatening injuries. Police say the highway is now open in both directions where the accident took place.

In a release Corporal Jodi Shelkie stated, “We are very fortunate there were not more serious injuries or even fatalities in the collisions that happened last night. With fluctuating and warm weather patterns it’s important that all drivers slow
down. 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.”

Police are using the incidents to remind motorists to use caution on the highway and within the city.

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