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Icy roads plague Saskatchewan


Cars have been slipping and sliding all over Highway 1 in Saskatchewan.
Cars have been slipping and sliding all over Highway 1 in Saskatchewan.

Jill Colton, staff writer

February 12, 2011 — RCMP officer in Saskatchewan says the icy roads there are so dangerous it's starting to look like a 1970's TV show.

Mind your driving on slippery surfaces - or you could end up in the ditch.
Mind your driving on slippery surfaces - or you could end up in the ditch.

The situation is so slippery on the Trans-Canada Highway near Belle Plaine, that RCMP Sgt. Rob Cozine says its reminiscent of the 1970's TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard.

On Friday morning, the thick ice sheet caused a van to lose control and hit the ditch near 10 a.m. While a tow truck was working to pull the vehicle out, another car came roaring up the road.

Despite the signage and traffic cones, Sgt. Cozine says it did, in his own words, “a Dukes of Hazzard.”

“While the ramp of the tow truck was down, the Nissan drove up the ramp and landed on its roof in the middle of the highway.”

Following suit, moments later, yet another car skidded into the ditch. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt in the crash.

Cozine believes that in many cases, people aren't adjusting their driving to fit the wintry roads. “There were emergency vehicles out...and yet people were still speeding through the scene.” Two Mounties charged two drivers for going above the speed limit -- they're looking to lay charges under the Traffic Safety Act.

Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network says it's a combination of conditions that has led to the treacherous roads.

“It's not one thing in particular that's causing the ice. It's related to the snow pack, melting ice (because of the recent wave of mild temperatures), and refreezing at night when the temperatures drops,” he clarifies.

With files from Newstalk 980

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