At 6:45 a.m. a motor vehicle accident occurred at Mile 72 of the Alaska Highway. The accident occurred when a car pulling out of Sheppard’s Inn was unable to get traction and could not avoid an oncoming northbound pick-up. The truck was unable to stop in time and collided with the front of the car. The driver of the car, a 71 year old male, was taken to Fort St. John hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The highway was closed for a short period of time but traffic was detoured through the frontage road.
At 8:30 a.m., a single vehicle incident took place involving a logging truck, one kilometre north of Charlie Lake on the Alaska Highway. According to RCMP, the snowy and slippery weather conditions resulted in the semi truck losing control and driving into a ditch, losing its load of logs as a result. One lane was closed but was reopened shortly after.
At 1:50 p.m., RCMP was called to Mile 122 on the Alaska Highway after hearing a report of two semis colliding. The collision took place at the crest of a hill and neither vehicle is movable at this point in time. As a result, the northbound lane is completely blocked and as of now there is only single lane traffic. Luckily, no injuries have been reported yet.
According to Fort St. John RCMP, response crews are currently on the scene of a motor-vehicle accident on the Easy Bypass Road, resulting in its current closure in both directions from the Alaska Highway to 87 Ave.
Fort St. John RCMP Cpl. Jodie Shelkie, says drivers should avoid the roads unless necessary on days like today.
“It’s extreme weather conditions and extreme driving conditions today. People should only drive if they absolutely must. If you must drive, please show extra caution, give yourself more time to get where you are going and allow more stopping time.”