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Tłı̨chǫ

Road accident reported outside Behchokǫ̀


A road accident said to involve a tractor-trailer and a smaller vehicle was reported on Highway 3 east of Behchokǫ̀ late on Friday evening.

Local authorities have so far not confirmed any details related to the incident, nor whether anyone was hurt.

Witnesses described a tractor-trailer by the side of the highway and a vehicle in a nearby ditch, with an ambulance and other emergency vehicles in attendance.

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Traffic on the highway on Friday evening included attendees at the Tłı̨chǫ Assembly in Behchokǫ̀ earlier that day.

The safety of Highway 3 is an ongoing concern. There have been dozens of accidents on the road in the past decade and calls have grown for cell service to be installed, particularly on the most-travelled section between Yellowknife and Behchokǫ̀.

This spring, the NWT government began the process of establishing how much it would cost to provide cell service on that stretch. Challenges include a lack of power along most of the highway, terrain that varies considerably, and the risk of wildfires or wildlife damaging or disrupting infrastructure.

CKLB reported the separate passing of a man in his thirties in the community earlier on Friday.

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