Several stranded people had to set fire to their vehicle earlier this week to survive brutally cold temperatures.
On Monday morning, Pelly Crossing RCMP received a report about a vehicle crash that had occurred Sunday night on the North Klondike Highway between Pelly Crossing and Carmacks.
The vehicle, with three occupants, had gone off the road late at night with temperatures at around -50 C, police said Wednesday afternoon.
They had no cell phone service and were unable to call for help.
After several hours they deliberately set their vehicle on fire to stay warm.
The stranded party was picked up at around 7:30 a.m. Monday by passing motorists.
Two of the occupants are being treated for injuries due to exposure.
The RCMP are still investigating this incident.
Police are reminding the public to stay safe and warm in these extreme temperatures. A few tips for safe travel in the cold:
• Make a plan. Always tell someone where you’re going and when to expect you back.
• Bring an emergency and survival kit with you, which may include:
• A GPS tracking device and/or a satellite phone;
• Extra non-perishable food and water in a container that won’t break when frozen;
• A way to make a fire; and
• Extra clothing such as socks, mitts/gloves and a toque/hat.
Dress in layers and stay dry. Natural fibres like wool are best to keep yourself warm.
In the event that something does go wrong, stay in one place. This makes it easier for police and search parties to locate you.