UPDATE: Two accidents on icy roads in Bulkley Valley overnight.

Icy roads from freezing rain caused an accident and a freak roadside incident near Smithers and New Hazelton respectively last night.

Icy roads from freezing rain were responsible for two traffic incidents last night, including a two vehicle accident on Highway 16 near Raymond Rd. south of Smithers.

Nobody was injured in the accident, which happened when the driver of one vehicle attempted to pass and lost control, causing both cars to go into a ditch.

Because roads were icy at the time, RCMP gave the driver that tried to pass a violation ticket for speed relative to conditions under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Both vehicles had to be towed due to extensive damage.

Also on Highway 16, near New Hazelton, a man escaped without injury after the edge of the road collapsed under his semi-trailer.

The driver had stopped on the side of the highway to wait for conditions to improve after his truck slid off the road in slippery conditions from freezing rain.

He was asleep when the roadside under his vehicle collapsed, sending his truck into a roll.

New Hazelton RCMP attended the accident, which was the only road incident reported in the Hazeltons area despite dangerous freezing rain conditions.

Police reminded the public to drive according to conditions and to have winter tires on their vehicles.

Travel advisories are still in place for Highway 16 between Terrace and Top of Priestley Hill, where motorists are advised to exercise caution and consider alternative plans.

People are being urged to avoid travel altogether on Highway 37 between Kitwanga and the U.S. border at Hyder, Alaska.

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