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Semi slides off YK highway in miserable day on NWT roads

Cabin Radio News

A semi truck slipped off Highway 3 just outside Yellowknife on Wednesday afternoon as blowing snow made driving conditions fraught across the Northwest Territories.

What appeared to be an empty southbound grocery truck lost its back end in the ditch a few kilometres outside the city on Highway 3.

Cabin Radio arrived at the scene at 6pm to find crews had restored the semi to the road and were preparing to remove it.

Traffic was being allowed past the accident scene in single file at the time.



Elsewhere in the NWT, the territory’s Department of Infrastructure reported a range of other incidents and closures.

On Facebook: Photo from the scene as semi slips off highway

The department warned of an incident on Highway 3 between Fort Providence and Behchokǫ̀, and another on Highway 6 leading to Fort Resolution.

“There was a separate incident earlier on Highway 3 near Chan Lake,” the department confirmed by email late on Wednesday. “The highway is still partially obstructed. Travellers can expect delays and should slow down and obey emergency workers.”



In all cases, the highways remained opened to traffic.

Snow was the cause of issues across the territory, with the Inuvik-Tuk Highway closing entirely to traffic on Wednesday due to high winds and blowing snow.

In Aklavik, snow and wind coupled with low visibility closed the ice road.

Check the Department of Infrastructure’s Twitter feed for the latest information on road closures and other incident notifications.