Vancouver Sun

Snow and slush cause havoc on roadways

- JOANNE LEE-YOUNG With files from Canadian Press

There wasn’t much snow on Vancouver streets, but slick and treacherou­s conditions on highways across the province led to a day of chaos on Sunday.

Crews responded to a slew of accidents, including multi-car collisions, rollovers, and cars just sliding into ditches and down embankment­s in Maple Ridge, Kamloops and Revelstoke.

The provincial government’s DriveBC website had dozens of advisories, warning drivers about compact snow, slippery and slushy conditions, limited visibility and blowing snow.

There were several highway closures, including Highway 1 between Chilliwack and Abbotsford and east of Sicamous, about 500 kilometres northeast of Vancouver. That is where RCMP officer Patrick Pyper was, by mid-afternoon, on his way to his sixth accident, including one involving seven vehicles.

There were delays on the Sea to Sky Highway as snowy conditions forced traffic to a crawl and then to a halt with some cars sliding off the road.

Surrey RCMP said on Sunday morning an accident on 8th Avenue near 192nd Street sent a man in his early 20s to hospital in serious condition with possible life-threatenin­g injuries. He had been on his own, driving a grey Toyota Yaris when it went off the road and struck a tree. Surrey fire and police crews had to extricate him from the car.

The first fatal collision of 2015 happened on Friday evening on Southwest Marine Drive near Laurel Street. One woman died.

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