Snowfall and freezing temperatures created dangerous condition on roads along B.C.'s South Coast over the weekend, leading to numerous fender benders and more serious accidents.
On Saturday, a serious crash around 8:30 a.m. PT involving multiple vehicles closed Highway 1 near Gaglardi Way in Burnaby for more than four hours, backing up traffic for most of the day.
Highway 5 at the Coquihalla Summit was also closed due to a collision for most of the day.
Multiple collisions, some serious
The accidents were among several collisions over a 24-hour period due to snow and ice on the roads.
On Saturday morning, there was an eight-car pileup at Douglas Road and Parker Street in Burnaby. The cars crashed into each other, a fence and a tree. The accident caused no major injuries but city crews were called out to de-ice the road.
In New Westminster, police reported a collision on the Brunette Highway in New Westminster. The eastbound off-ramp at Highway 1 and United Boulevard was also temporarily closed due to accidents caused by black ice.
In Delta, Highway 99 at Highway 91 was closed for a few hours Saturday because of accidents also caused by icy roads.
On Friday, it was snowing heavily at about 9 p.m. when a van and a car collided at 222nd Street and the Fraser Highway in Langley, B.C. Two people were trapped in the car. A total of four people were taken to hospital, two of them with serious injuries.
Police are advising motorists to take road conditions into account and drive a little slower while the winter weather lasts.