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Spring snowstorm stalled Highway 17 truck traffic

Numerous tractor-trailers were stuck on the hill at Rossport

NIPIGON — Ontario Provincial Police had their hands full on Wednesday dealing with tractor-trailers getting stuck on hills or sliding off the road in the Nipigon region.

According to Ontario511, Highway 17 was partially blocked in the Rossport area due to disabled vehicles and at least one collision.

An OPP spokesperson confirmed that officers from Schreiber were responding to a situation involving multiple trucks stuck on a long hill there.

Social media posts indicated a dozen or more transport trucks were incapacitated.

There was also a partial blockage in the Hurkett area where a tractor-trailer jackknifed.

Traffic control was in place, but the government website was not reporting any full highway closures.

OPP said at 1 p.m. that tractor-trailers stuck at Rossport had been removed, and that snowplows were en route to the scene to clear the road.

The low pressure system from Colorado that brought an early-spring snowstorm to the Lake Superior region was expected to continue to cause periods of snow, rain or drizzle through the afternoon, continuing until about midnight on the north shore. 







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