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Richmond multiple-vehicle pileup on Highway 91 snarls snowy, icy commute

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Consequences of Arctic blast hitting Metro Vancouver
As predicted, an Arctic front hit Metro Vancouver Thursday -- just in time for the afternoon commute. As Emily Lazatin reports, the province is now in the grip of a deep freeze and the subzero temperatures are creating a whole new batch of problems. – Jan 12, 2024

Richmond RCMP said thankfully no one was injured in a 17-vehicle pileup along Highway 91 Thursday night.

The icy road conditions led to the cars colliding with each other and it caused total gridlock with no one being able to get through.

Click to play video: 'Snowy conditions make for slow commute across pockets of Metro Vancouver'
Snowy conditions make for slow commute across pockets of Metro Vancouver

This was affecting the highway eastbound through the S-curve, east of Nelson Road, blocking all lanes.

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Mainroad Contracting was called out to salt the roads and Richmond fire crews helped organize the chaos.

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Snow stalls buses, causes crashes in Vancouver, North Vancouver

This was just one of the many incidents that affected commuters on Thursday afternoon.

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Accidents and back-ups were reported in Burnaby, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities.

On Thursday afternoon, DriveBC also reported accidents and stalled vehicles west of Hope, on an off-ramp of the Alex Fraser Bridge in Delta, on 104th Avenue in Surrey, and on the Mountain Highway and Lions Gate Bridge.

Drivers were urged to use caution, drive to the conditions and to stay home if not properly equipped with winter tires.

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