Stony Plain RCMP re-route traffic away from the jackknifed semi and 30 car pile up Dec. 29. Photo by Amy Jean Edwards-Bird

UPDATE: One person suffers minor injuries after 30-car pile-up near Edmonton

RCMP advise against travelling on Alberta roads today

UPDATED

One person was injured and taken to hospital with minor injuries after a 30-vehicle pile-up near Spruce Grove, which is 11 km northwest of Edmonton.

“That’s very lucky given the road conditions,” said RCMP Sgt. Shawn French in a phone interview Saturday evening.

The pile-up happened on Hwy 16 at the Century Road overpass by Spruce Grove after a semi jackknifed, which resulted in dozens of vehicles colliding.

Sgt. French said RCMP haven’t determined what caused the semi to jackknife but added that the heavy snowfall and poor road conditions likely started the pile-up.

“We would like to remind Albertans that it’s winter driving conditions and they should slow down and take it easy on the roads.”

According to S/Sgt. Rodney Koscielny, Risk Manager, Northern Alberta, Western Alberta, and Central Alberta are getting heavy snowfall Saturday creating extremely poor road conditions and travel isn’t recommended.

Environment Canada has issued blowing snow, wind warnings and advisories for parts of Alberta. #ABRoads #ABStorm For locations go to Environment Canada



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This semi jackknifed, causing 30 vehicles to collide and hit the ditch Dec. 29 near Spruce Grove, which is 11 km northwest of Edmonton. Stony Plain RCMP responded to the collision. Photo by Donnie Cass

Amy Jean Edwards-Bird took this photo today of traffic backed up near Spruce Grove just before the Jennifer Heil overpass going east. (Facebook photo)

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