Crashes in eastern Sask. blamed on winter weather

Two collisions in the eastern part of the province have RCMP warning against non-essential travel.

RCMP warn against travel on highways near Yorkton, Melville

The sudden return of winter weather in Saskatchewan is leading to treacherous driving conditions in the eastern and central parts of the province.

RCMP are advising against all non-essential travel near the towns of Canora and Sturgis, where a bus skidded sideways on Highway 5 Friday night, blocking both lanes of traffic.

While the highway has re-opened, the RCMP caution that conditions are icy and treacherous.

Police also responded to a head-on collision between two SUVs on Highway 10 on Friday afternoon near the town of Duff, about 20 km west of Melville.

Road conditions were reported to be a contributing factor in the collision. No one was seriously hurt in the crash.

Closer to Saskatoon, a 40-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries Friday after she was struck by a minivan that went into a slide on Highway 11 near Martensville.

The woman's own car had slid into the ditch, and she was standing outside her vehicle when she was hit, police said.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the collision. Road conditions were also very poor at the time of the accident. 

Travellers are cautioned to check the latest road conditions before hitting the roads.