Treacherous driving conditions causing havoc on Abbotsford roads

Police are urging the public to slow down after multiple collisions around the city blamed on black ice Monday morning.

One of several vehicles involved in a crash on Maclure Road near Old Yale this morning.

Treacherous road conditions and black ice have caused multiple collisions around Abbotsford Monday morning, and the police are urging the public to slow down and be cautious.

A multi-vehicle accident involving a semi truck around 8 a.m. near the intersection of Maclure Road and Trafalgar Street shut down eastbound traffic on Maclure at Gladwin road.

Another multi-car accident on Maclure has shut down the thoroughfare in the opposite direction west of Clearbrook Road. That accident involved eight vehicles including a bus, Abbotsford Police Const Ian MacDonald said.

Another accident was reported at the intersection of Gladwin and Downes road.

MacDonald urged people to slow down.

“People believe that we got a respite from the snow. The good news is they can see the road as opposed to driving on hard-packed snow.”

MacDonald said: “They’re seeing the road, they’re not seeing the black ice.”

“Some people have resumed what you would consider normal driving, and we need them to continue winter driving.”

The conditions caused a temporarily halt to all bus service in Abbotsford and Mission. Bus service in Abbotsford has since resumed, although service remained halted along three Mission routes as of 10:50 a.m.