Monday, November 24, 2014

Blowover season begins on Highway 22

Chris Davis

RCMP and Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a semi truck blow-over on Highway 22 north of Highway 3 near the turn-off to Willow Valley earlier this evening, November 24, just after 6 pm.

Here's a look at the conditions just after 8:00 pm:

Details are scant at this time, we will update this story as warranted.

At 8:00 - 8:30 pm, in addition to the blown-over semi, I witnessed a holiday trailer upside down in the east ditch of Highway 22, and several large vehicles were parked and unable to continue down the highway for various reasons.

According to a tweet from @DeputyChiefPCES (Pincher Creek Emergency Services):

According to Environment Canada, who issued a wind warning for the area earlier in the day, winds were gusting to 59 km/h at Pincher Creek Airport at 11:00 pm, down from 63 km/h measured earlier in the day. As of this time the wind warning is still in effect.  

Click here for the most current Environment Canada information.

For those of you unfamiliar with the weather here, heed the warnings.  The section of Highway 22  where these most recent rollovers occurred is sometimes just impassible for some vehicles, and treacherous for others.  There are many wind-related incidents every year, concentrated in the same area. Holiday vehicles and trailers and livestock trailers are particularly susceptible to the wind as well.

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