Treacherous roads

In four days, two people have died on Whitehorse roads. At around 6 p.m. Tuesday night, a 20-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle on the…

In four days, two people have died on Whitehorse roads.

At around 6 p.m. Tuesday night, a 20-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle on the Alaska Highway, said police.

Sarah Stykel was driving southbound, north of the Kopper King, when her car skidded into the oncoming lane.

The 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier she was driving was struck on the driver’s side by a vehicle in the northbound lane, according to RCMP.

Stykel was taken to hospital, but died from head injuries.

The other driver, in a Hyundai Accent, suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries, said police.

RCMP do not believe alcohol was a factor in the collision.

On Sunday, Thomas Brown, 34, after his vehicle rolled into a ditch.

Thomas was driving westbound, about nine kilometres west of the North Klondike and Alaska highways, when his car skidded off the road into the ditch, said police.

The 1984 Ford Tempo rolled “multiple times,” according to police reports.

Thomas died from head injuries.

There were two passengers in the car; both survived.

They were treated and released from hospital.

The two passengers were left waiting at the scene of the rollover for about an hour before help arrived.

“Due to the remote location and the minimal traffic on the Alaska Highway at that time, the surviving occupants of the car waited approximately an hour prior to a motorist arriving on scene to assist,” said police reports.

The passerby phoned police.

RCMP and emergency medical services arrived on scene at around 12:40 a.m.

An investigation continues, including blood-alcohol tests, said Yukon chief coroner Sharon Hanley.

Results should be available within the next few weeks, she said.

RCMP are reminding the public to wear seatbelts and pack an emergency kit that includes winter clothing.

“It’s winter time and people need to drive according to the road conditions,” said RCMP Cpl. Tom Wyers. (CO)

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