|(C. Davis photos)|
Christian Davis/Toni Lucas
Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to a single vehicle incident just after 1:00 pm Thursday, January 28. A tractor trailer rolled onto its side, completely blocking Highway 3 just east of Cowley. High winds were a definite factor in the incident, according to PCES Deputy Fire Chief Pat Neumann. The driver was assessed and released on scene. RCMP, Volker Stevin, PCES, and Cowley Fire worked together on scene and traffic was detoured around the area using a service road until the scene was cleared. PCES sent an ambulance and a command truck.
|Cowley Fire directing traffic in gale force winds|
Deputy Chief Neumann said he heard from Shell Waterton that they recorded wind gusts of 153 km/hour today. The Shell Waterton plant is south of Pincher Creek but relatively not far from the scene of the incident. Winds in Cowley were very high at the time of the incident.
A wind warning issued by Environment Canada for the area on January 26* officially ended as this was being updated.