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Highway 97 moving again

Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 9:37 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Highway 97, north of the Woodpecker rest stop ( north of Hixon)  is now  open to single lane alternating  traffic.

The highway had been closed  for  nearly two hours   following  the crash of a northbound Greyhound bus.bus crash

At least 4   of the 9 people on board the bus  ( 8 passengers  and driver)  have been taken to hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is not yet  known.


I was 6 vehicles back (this is my photo) and I would say the cause was black ice and not driving according to conditions. Just like we always hear. The road was very slippery

Black ice? The hwy is snow covered in the photo.

Years ago when they never put anything on the roads we just drove on snow covered roads for 5 months, you just got used to driving on them. Now everyone wants summer driving conditions in the winter, but what ever they are putting on the roads is really slippery stuff at these temperatures. Were ever their turn a rounds are, in 1 kilometer you could be driving on roads way slipper than you just been on. Best to give in gas from time to time to see if you are on that slippery stuff.

I’ve been driving for 40 years and don’t remember a time when they never “put anything on the roads”.

With the recent thaw and freeze conditions, the moisture on the road yesterday probably resulted in black ice after the cooler weather overnight. Add a light skiff of snow to that and roads are very slippery.

I am surprised no one has brought up the fact that Greyhounds are now routinely towing a trailer of freight behind them.

Maybe it’s time to put seatbelts on busses.

I agree, seatbelts should be installed on buses. Isn’t it ironic that you have to wear a seatbelt on an airplane, and don’t have a hope of living if it crashes, but buses don’t need them?

This seat belt issue was front and center decades ago! I have not used a bus in decades but I was firmly convinced that the law had been changed in favour of safe travel! How very disappointing! One would think that Victoria and ICBC had looked after this already! What are they doing in those ivory towers? I was a passenger many years ago (before mandatory seat belts) in a car that spun out on black ice and collided with a truck which was stopped on the bottom of a hill to put chains on. I was black and blue all over and lucky that I did not have worse injuries! There is NOTHING to hang onto while one is being tossed around like a rag doll!

gitterdun–Yes towing a trailer on a downhill with a large rig when roads are slippery can be a challenge. The trailer may have came around on the driver while braking. Good tires are also needed.

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