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Extremely slippery roads

UPDATE: 10:20 a.m.

Ice and snow covered roads are causing difficult driving conditions near Big White Ski Resort and have resulted in two early morning crashes on Sunday. 

A commercial trailer flipped over on Highway 33, south of Big White Road at about 9 a.m. and also an SUV drove into a ditch off Big White Road just after 9:05 a.m.

Big White V-P Michael J. Ballingall says people need to be driving safely and must have their winter tires on.

“You have to keep your winter tires on if you’re driving on mountain passes,” he said. “It’s like mid-May on Highway 33, but we had 14 centimetres of snow on Big White so the last three kilometres it’s the middle of January.” 

Ballingall says the road have been plowed and sanded, but people need to drive safely. 

A bus full of teenagers under the age of 19 was travelling on Big White Road and rolled over on Saturday. Six people were taken to hospital with minor injuries and the road was closed on Sunday, but reopened shortly after.

If you are travelling in mountain passes, winter tires are mandatory until April 30. 

Big White Ski resort received over 14 cm of snow in just 24 hours, according to Ballingall.  


ORIGINAL: 9:20 a.m.

Another crash has forced Big White Road to be closed on Sunday morning. 

Reports from the scene indicate a commercial truck tipped over just before 9 a.m. and is blocking Big White Road.

A bus travelling on Big White Road rolled over on Saturday and six people were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The road was closed on Sunday, but reopened shortly after.

Castanet reporter Nicholas Johansen says traffic is backed up and people are turning around. 

“The road is extremely slippery and it snowed a bit last night,” said Johansen.

It appears the crash occurred about eight kilometres from the Highway 33 junction. 



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