Blizzard Claims Lives Of Two Onion Lake Residents

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 14:55



It appears the blizzard-like conditions that have hit a large part of central Saskatchewan and Alberta are responsible for a couple of deaths on the Onion Lake reserve.


The RCMP say an 18-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were found dead this morning after apparently trying to walk home from a stuck vehicle.


Another motorist and a tow truck operator discovered the bodies along an access road on the First Nation at around 10:15 this morning.


They were found about 3 kilometres south of the intersection of Highway 17 and the 641 grid on the Alberta side of the border.


The Mounties say it looks like the victims attempted to walk sometime overnight when their vehicle failed to negotiate a T-intersection and became stuck in blizzard conditions.


No names have been released.


The RCMP is reminding motorists to check the Highways Hotline before making any trips, and to use extreme caution if driving.


If you get stuck, the safest place to stay is in your vehicle because it’s warmer and is more visible for anyone out looking for you.