Kris and Britt Arbanas were on their way to the ferry when they came across the scene where a semi had recently jackknifed. The cement barrier in the middle of the Highway was also hit and pushed into the northbound lanes. Photo courtesy of Kris and Britt Arbanas

Kris and Britt Arbanas were on their way to the ferry when they came across the scene where a semi had recently jackknifed. The cement barrier in the middle of the Highway was also hit and pushed into the northbound lanes. Photo courtesy of Kris and Britt Arbanas

Jackknifed semi blocks snowy Comox Valley highway

Police report six traffic calls due to snowy conditions

The southbound lane on Highway 19 near Courtenay was closed yesterday due to a jackknifed semi blocking the road just north of the Comox Logging Road.

The concrete barrier in the centre of the highway was also hit and pushed into the northbound lanes, though traffic on that side of the highway is still moving.

The accident happened close to 2 p.m. and drivers were advised to take an alternate route.

According to Monika Terragni, media relations with the Comox Valley RCMP, they received six calls about motor vehicle incidents in the region Tuesday due to the snowy road conditions.

“I think the biggest thing is to slow down and give yourself extra time to get where you’re going and give yourself extra stopping distance, extra time to stop and just slow down,” she said. “That’s what’s going to allow you to react. If you do start slipping, if you’re going a little bit slower you just need to take a deep breath and slow down.”

 

Kris and Britt Arbanas were on their way to the ferry when they came across the scene where a semi had recently jackknifed. They were stuck on the Highway for 45 minutes. Photo courtesy of Kris and Britt Arbanas

Kris and Britt Arbanas were on their way to the ferry when they came across the scene where a semi had recently jackknifed. They were stuck on the Highway for 45 minutes. Photo courtesy of Kris and Britt Arbanas