Highway 19 southbound lanes closed due to jackknifed semi

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

The southbound lane on Highway 19 has been closed 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 RCMP are on scene and working to re-open the road. Drivers are advised to take an alternate route.

According to Monika Terragni, media relations with the Comox Valley RCMP, they have received six calls about motor vehicle incidents in the Valley today due to the 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. 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

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