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Accidents block highways


Highway 17 was closed twice yesterday after numerous vehicles became roadway obstacles due to icy roads and snow.

The highway first was closed around 6:30 a.m. when a tractor-trailer got stuck on a hill about 15 km west of Vermilion Bay and was blocking the road completely, police said.

The road was re-opened to one lane around 9 p.m. as the truck was moved.

But the Trans-Canada was closed again just before 2 a.m. due to very poor road conditions, which caused a number of tractor-trailers to jackknife.

The OPP, Ministry of Transpor-tation, and several towing companies from Dryden responded to the scene.

Highway 17 was completely re-opened shortly before 5 p.m.

Dryden OPP Cst. Michelle DeConnick said this morning that police there have investigated 11 accidents since Saturday evening. Of those, two involved injured persons, seeing a total of eight people sent to Dryden District Hospital.

Only one had to be kept overnight for observation.

Locally, Fort Frances OPP Cst. Al MacDonald reported this morning that the road situation hasn’t been too bad.

“There’s been some accidents but people have been adapting to the weather pretty well,” he said.

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