UPDATE – Slippery road causes traffic jam

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Slippery roads caused several vehicles to get stuck along Highway 679 between High Prairie and McLennan on Nov. 28.

“Two tractor trailer units and two smaller vehicles couldn’t make it up a hill and got stuck, mainly due to icy and poor road conditions,” High Prairie RCMP Cpl. Brent Lawson says.

“They caused a traffic jam.”

Police were called to the scene around noon and closed the stretch of highway until 5 p.m. when the vehicles were cleared and driving conditions improved, Lawson says.

High Prairie Fire Department also responded to the call where the highway was impassable, says a news release dated Nov. 28.

Traffic was rerouted along Highway 2 and 2A during the incident.

Police remind motorists to drive cautiously to the conditions of the road and avoid areas which may be impassible such as hills.

Freezing rain on Nov. 27-28 also created slick and dangerous roads in the region.


RCMP New Release
November 28, 2018

High Prairie, Alberta – The High Prairie RCMP and Fire is currently at a multi vehicle collision on Highway 679.

Highway 679 between High Prairie and McLennan is currently impassible due to the collision and road conditions. At this time High Prairie RCMP is recommending using Highway 2 and Highway 2A as an alternate route.

More details will be provided when available.

 

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