UPDATED: Highway 101 reopened

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Update: Highway 101 is reopened between Exits 11 and 14 at 10:55 a.m.

 

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A half a dozen accidents have prompted police to shut down Highway 101 between Exits 11 and 14.

Const. Blair MacMurtery says a couple of the crashes were "fairly serious" and one crash required the Lifeflight Helicopter to be called in for assistance.

Right now, there's no word on how long the highway will remain closed, he added.

"I don't know what the prognosis is," he said. "We'll open as soon as the salt gets working, but the temperatures are so cold it's an issue."

The roads may look good, he said, but a slick of ice has formed in many areas, creating hazzardous conditions. The Kings County RCMP are warning drivers to take precautions.

"Absolutely slow down," MacMurtery said. "Slow down everywhere. The temperatures are so cold the salt isn't working well and while we haven't had a lot of snow, it's stuck down and created a slick surface."

MacMurtery is suggesting drivers leave a lot of room between them and the next vehicle and stay off the roads if possible.

Starting at approximately 7:30 a.m., the Kings District RCMP responded to several motor vehicle collisions on Hwy 101 between exits 11 and 14. The highway has since been closed in both directions. Traffic is being re-routed onto Route 1. New Minas Fire Department, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and EHS are assisting at the scene.   

The preliminary investigation has determined that approximately seven different collisions occurred. There have been some injuries reported as well as damaged vehicles. Road conditions were slippery at the time.

 

Check back at www.kingscountynews.ca for more updates as they become available.

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  • Chris
    January 24, 2013 - 13:49

    People need to slow down and drive according to the conditions. Last night, I came back to Halifax from Pugwash with a load of salt on the dump truck and trailer I was driving. Weighing 96000 pounds, and only going about 90km/h on the 102, I had cars, pickup trucks, SUV's, etc go FLYING past me on snow covered roads, that were iced up underneath. If I felt unsafe weighting 96000 pounds, going 20 kilometers an hour under the limit, what does that say for you and your 3000 pound car going 10 OVER the limit? I don't knwo why I am saying this, because no one listens. Everyone I see is flying along in their cars, eating, talking on their phones, swerving in and out of lanes, with inconsistant speeds and snow covering every piece of glass but the front windshield.

  • Chris
    January 24, 2013 - 13:27

    People need to slow down and drive according to the conditions. Last night, I came back to Halifax from Pugwash with a load of salt on the dump truck and trailer I was driving. Weighing 96000 pounds, and only going about 90km/h on the 102, I had cars, pickup trucks, SUV's, etc go FLYING past me on snow covered roads, that were iced up underneath. If I felt unsafe weighting 96000 pounds, going 20 kilometers an hour under the limit, what does that say for you and your 3000 pound car going 10 OVER the limit? I don't knwo why I am saying this, because no one listens. Everyone I see is flying along in their cars, eating, talking on their phones, swerving in and out of lanes, with inconsistant speeds and snow covering every piece of glass but the front windshield.