WINTER COMES EARLY TO CAPE BRETON

Wintry weather results in rash of car accidents

 

Kelly’s Mountain Accident during Winter Storm 

A 68-year-old woman was trapped in this car after it rolled over on Kelly’s Mountain at around 12:40 p.m., Sunday. She was the only person in the vehicle and was taken to hospital with a head injury. Steve Wadden – Cape Breton Post

Published on November 21st, 2010

Published on November 21st, 2010

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post 

SYDNEY — Snow resulting in slippery road conditions is to blame for more than a dozen accidents on the weekend.

Topics :

RCMP , Cape Breton Regional Hospital , Environment Canada , Welton Street , Sydney , Lingan

Traffic was heavy throughout the Cape Breton Regional Municipality on Saturday evening when snow caused highway and road conditions to deteriorate very quickly, said Cape Breton Regional Police.

Snowplows and salt trucks were deployed as conditions worsened. However, in a couple of hours police responded to 17 motor-vehicle accidents.

No serious injuries were reported, although several vehicles were badly damaged. 

Among the accidents, police say a vehicle was struck from behind on Welton Street in Sydney. In the Lingan area, a vehicle went into a ditch and rolled over onto its roof. A male driver is now facing charges of driving without a licence and operating a vehicle without insurance. On Saturday, RCMP also responded a minor accident with no injuries in Bucklaw, Victoria County.

Snow-covered roads were blamed for several fender-benders reported throughout the CBRM on Sunday, and at about 12:40 p.m., RCMP and firefighters were called to a vehicle rollover on Kelly’s Mountain after a 68-year-old woman was trapped inside her vehicle. After being freed from the wreckage, the woman, who was lone occupant of the Chevrolet Cavalier, was transported to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with a head injury.

Baddeck RCMP Corp. Ann Andrews said not long after the rollover, a second vehicle left the road at Kelly’s Mountain. She said road conditions were “ugly” and visibility was reduced by intermittent snow squalls.

Police in Halifax said a head-on collision on Highway 103 near Tantallon was also the result of poor weather conditions.

They say icy road conditions caused a truck to collide with a car carrying four people.

The driver of the car was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extracted by fire officials, while three people were taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

In Cape Breton, snow is expected to stay around for a while, as Environment Canada forecasts continued low temperatures with a 40 per cent chance of flurries todayand Tuesday.

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