“Skating rink”-like icy roads send 15 vehicles off highway near Chetwynd

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“Approximately 15 vehicles had gone off the road due to skating rink-type conditions on the highway,” says RCMP Constable Leslie Smith. “There were no injuries, there were no collisions, but because it was pure ice, these vehicles did go off the road.” 

Police responded to the report of vehicles off the road around 6 a.m. 45 kilometres south of Chetwynd on Highway 97. 

Later at 10 a.m., the driver of a semi-truck was parked on the side of the highway putting on chains when a second northbound tractor trailer lost control and hit it head on. There were no injuries as a result, but the highway was closed down until approximately 3:30 p.m. 

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A sand truck has since been down the highway, but RCMP is still warning drivers that it is still “extremely unpredictable” and to drive “slow and cautious”.

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