Crashes came in a bunch along Highway 16 West

A crowd of crashes struck Highway 16 West on Monday afternoon.

A combination of crosswinds and snow led to severe whiteout conditions between Prince George and Vanderhoof that in turn forced police to attend six major crashes while several minor ones were also reported, North District RCMP Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said.

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Injuries ranged from minor to non-life-threatening in the ones that required police presence.

Even for those who managed to avoid any trouble, it made for slow going.

"The highway, as a result of all these crashes was shut down completely at some times and at time to single-lane alternating and that was to clean up the wreckage from the crashes," Saunderson said and added many involved semi trucks.

She advised motorists to drive to conditions and warned they can change quickly particularly along Highway 16 West.

"In a matter of seconds, you can go from nice reasonable driving conditions to all of a sudden, winter has struck," Saunderson said. "Winter can still happen up here at any time. Just because it's spring on the calendar doesn't mean it's spring outside."

- A motor vehicle incident has reduced Highway 97 to single lane alternating between Parenteau and Yard Roads in Hixon, according to a DriveBC notice posted shortly before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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