On December 24, 2015 at around 11:40 am there was a three vehicle collision on the eastbound lanes of Highway 3 just east of the junction with Highway 3A. Lethbridge/Coaldale RCMP, Lethbridge Integrated Traffic Unit along with the Coalhurst Fire Department and other emergency services attended to this scene. It was determined a small car and SUV collided and the SUV continued forward into the rear end of a snow plow. There was little to no damage to the snow plow. The road conditions at the time were poor with blowing snow and snow/ice covered roads. This collision resulted in minor injuries to an occupant of the SUV.
While emergency workers were being set up to assist with the collision scene a second collision occurred when another SUV slid into a pickup truck which then slid into a fire truck. There were no injuries resulting from that collision. There were little to no damages to the fire truck.
A third collision then occurred involving a van and a SUV. There were minor injuries to an occupant of the SUV.
One lane of Highway 3 was blocked for about two hours while the injured persons were taken to the Lethbridge Hospital for assessments and to allow the damaged vehicles to be safely removed from the highway.
All these collisions were in part due to the large volumes of traffic traveling during the holiday season, the poor weather and road conditions.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive appropriately to the road conditions.
This collision is still under investigation to determine if any charges are appropriate.