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Extremely snowy conditions have caused a spike in accidents around the Peace River Region.

The Fort St. John area has received more than 30 centimetres in the past 17 days, with 20 centimetres of that falling over this past weekend.

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Despite the heavy snowfall in the North Peace area, early indications are that the South Peace has received an even greater amount of snowfall.

Dawson Creek RCMP say the weekend snowfall caused several collisions and at least 11 in which people suffered injuries. Of those 11 collisions, there were three major ones, including a five vehicle collision which occurred Sunday afternoon between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd. The collision occurred in the turning lane of the Alaska Highway and Highway 97 South. Police say all occupants sustained only minor injuries but their vehicles had to be towed.

Another two collisions involved semi tractor trailers near Farmington along the Alaska Highway between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. One incident involved a semi truck that rolled over. Police were unable to provide further information regarding the incident or the driver’s condition.

The other incident involved a pickup truck that rear ended a semi truck. Police say no one was hurt in that collision.

Two Fort St. John residents died after a two vehicle collision near Mile 60 of the Alaska Highway. Police say the collision involved a northbound tractor trailer that rear ended a small sedan, sending it spinning into the path of a Dodge utility truck travelling in the opposite direction. They say the two male occupants of the sedan who died were aged 46 and 60. The occupants of the Dodge truck suffered only minor injuries and the driver of the tractor trailer was uninjured.

In Chetwynd, RCMP say there were no major collisions in or around the city other than a two vehicle collision on Highway 97, near Hasler Flats. The head-on collision was between two pickup trucks. Police say the male driver of one of the trucks died at the scene and the two occupants of the other truck were uninjured.

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