Accident on Two Mile Hill creates jam Gridlock traffic greeted many Whitehorse residents on their drive home from work Thursday afternoon.

Accident on Two Mile Hill creates jam

Gridlock traffic greeted many Whitehorse residents on their drive home from work Thursday afternoon.

The backup was caused by a multiple vehicle collision on Two Mile Hill.

A pickup truck travelling down Two Mile Hill lost control and crossed the centre median crashing into three vehicles coming up the hill.

RCMP are still investigating the accident but believe that excessive speed may have been a factor.

One driver received minor injuries but otherwise no one was hurt.

However, three of the vehicles received extensive damage and had to be towed.

A portion of the road was closed for half an hour and traffic had to be re-routed. (CO)

Body found in house fire

A criminal investigation is ongoing after human remains were found in a home following a house fire in the Ibex Valley area on Wednesday.

“We treat all sudden deaths as a criminal investigation,” said Sgt. Roger Lockwood.

“Until it can be proven otherwise.”

Whitehorse RCMP and the Ibex Valley Fire Department responded to the fire at 6 a.m. when it was reported by a neighbour.

After extinguishing the fire, a body was found in the residence.

An autopsy is currently being conducted to determine the cause of death.

The fire investigation is complete but the fire marshal was unable to determine the cause, said Lockwood.

Internet provider warns

of “phishing” scam

Northwestel is warning its customers about a scam to access private information.

Many Northwestel customers have received an e-mail claiming to be from the company asking for their e-mail password.

Titled “Confirm your Northwestel account,” the message instructs recipients to reply to the e-mail or their account will be deactivated.

This type of e-mail is a scam known as “phishing” and should not be responded to, said a Northwetel release.

For more information on this and other scams, go to www.phonebusters.com.

Local cantaloupes

may contain salmonella

Six Yukon food stores have pulled cantaloupes from their shelves after a warning from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Cantaloupes from a Honduran grocer and packer have been blamed for a salmonella outbreak in both the US and Canada.

Although no illnesses have been reported in the Yukon, cantaloupes were available in Dawson, Teslin, Carmacks and Whitehorse.

Bigway, Super A in Riverdale and Porter Creek, Dawson General Store, Nisutlin Trading Post and Tatchun Centre have all recalled the fruit.

Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled.

Consumption of the bacteria may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections in young children and the elderly. (CO)

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