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Multiple semis jack-knifed overnight between Sicamous and Revelstoke on Trans-Canada Highway

[embedded content] UPDATE: 10:10 a.m. More drivers report hazardous conditions on the Trans-Canada Highway overnight and into this morning.

Describing the situation as "havoc," one Castanet reader says: "It took me five hours to get from Salmon Arm to Revelstoke, with lots of trucks stuck on ice with no chains. "The road was wet ice, and I didn't see a single plow or sand/gravel truck between leaving Salmon arm at 5:30 p.m. and getting to Revelstoke at 10:30 p.m." The motorist says "road maintenance was non-existent."

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UPDATE: 9:40 a.m.

Travellers report conditions are still treacherous on the Trans-Canada Highway after its reopening this morning. The highway had been closed for hours following multiple incidents involving jack-knifed semis between Sicamous and Revelstoke. "The jack-knifed semis are cleared and traffic is getting through now, but the roads are compact snow and slushy ice, and super rough.

Very treacherous driving conditions," a reader tells Castanet.


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UPDATE: 8:50 a.m. DriveBC reports the incident scene on Highway 1 between Sicamous and Revelstoke has been cleared as of 8:40 a.m.


ORIGINAL: 6:20 a.m. Multiple transport trucks are believed to be jack-knifed in an incident that closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Sicamous and Revelstoke overnight.

DriveBC first reported about 1 a.m. that the incident had closed the highway between Bowolin Road and Highway 23 South, east of Craigellachie. A 40-kilometre section of the route was closed, however DriveBC reports as of 6:15 a.m. the route had reopened to single-lane alternating traffic. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

Webcams show snowy conditions as of 6 a.m. DriveBC reports there was also another incident within the closure area during the purging of backed up highway traffic west of Revelstoke. Motorists stuck in the closure reported multiple 18-wheelers jack-knifed near the Enchanted Forest.

"Westbound traffic is backed up a great distance," a reader tells Castanet.

Drivers are urged to watch for traffic control, slow down and drive to winter conditions.

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