RCMP have opened a file after reports that a woman was abandoned by her ride on the side of the Wrigley highway.

“For the person or people who left somebody on the Wrigley highway last night, feel lucky that another vehicle came along and drove that person to safety,” a resident posted to the Fort Simpson Bulletin Facebook page on Thursday, in an apparent reference to an incident on Wednesday night.

“That very intoxicated person could’ve froze to death due to your thoughtless actions,” the resident added.

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It is unclear where on the highway the woman was abandoned and for how long she was left outside.

Another woman, who said the victim is her cousin, added, “I’m glad she’s OK. Also those other two need be charged for neglecting my cousin on the highway, she could have froze or most likely gotten attacked by wild animals.”

“[We] are speaking with the involved parties in relation to this incident,” RCMP spokesperson Marie York-Condon told Cabin Radio.

“On a case by case basis, depending on the circumstances, there could be several charges applicable if a person is left in what is believed to be a dangerous or potentially harmful situation.”

Temperatures hovered around -19C for most of the evening in Fort Simpson and Wrigley on Wednesday night.