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Deadly crashes, traffic stopped on Trans-Canada due to ice, snow on SK highways

RCMP warn against travel
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RCMP are warning people not to drive the highways in and around Regina if they can avoid it.

Along with extremely icy conditions, there's also blowing and drifting snow because of the strong winds. The RCMP shut down the Trans-Canada highway between Regina and Moose Jaw.

All around southern Saskatchewan, police are responding to collisions and rollovers. That includes three fatal crashes -- one near Pense, another near Pilot Butte and a third at Estevan.

Ray Francis, spokesman for the Moose Jaw EMS, says the collision near Pense became a pile-up, first started when a semi hit the back of car. Other vehicles then hit the semi.

"Our teams did have some challenges to decipher which ones were in the car crash stopping along the way many times and also getting around the traffic and continuing on to the scene itself," said Francis.

He said there was cars backed for a number of kilometers at the scene of that crash.

Callers in vehicles on that highway estimated hundreds were waiting, a number of them for more than two hours.

Haley was in her vehicle about 30 kilometres west of Regina. She said snow drifts were forming around her car.  She was concerned that when traffic could move again, it wouldn't be able to because vehicles would be stuck in the accumulated snow.

There was a second collision on Highway 1, just 10 km east of Parkbeg. The east bound lane is completely blocked as crews try to remove the vehicles and clear the area. Other collisions happened in the Moose Jaw, Craik, Indian Head and Milestone areas.

RCMP also say emergency vehicles are having problems getting to these accidents because of the icy conditions.

Almost every highway in the province is experiencing winter driving conditions according to the Highway Hotline. Travel was not recommended on all highways heading out of Regina, including the Trans Canada Highway, Highway 11, Highway 6, and Highway 46.

For the latest conditions, click here.

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Highway 6 south of Regina at about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 2013. Photo from Twitter by @KyleRosbrook.

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