Friday, December 27, 2013

Busy Christmas period for Pincher Creek area first responders

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to multiple accidents caused by high winds that created unsafe driving conditions on Friday December 27. Emergency Services were called to two incidents and also responded to a third on Highway 22 approximately 10 kilometres north of the Highway 3 junction. They also responded to a car collision with a horse on Tuesday, December 24 in the Beauvais Lake area.

A car struck a horse at the Beauvais Lake turnoff on highway 507 on December 24, 2013 at approximately 5:30 am. There was extensive damage to the car and the horse died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the car was checked on scene and released. Pincher Creek Rescue and Beaver Mines Fire Department responded to the incident.

At 10:30 am today, December 27, Pincher Creek Rescue, Pincher Creek Ambulance and Lundbreck Fire Engine responded to a two vehicle collision. A truck was towing a utility trailer when the wind pushed it into the path of oncoming traffic where it was hit by an oncoming SUV. The first on scene was an ambulance from British Columbia that was taking the route to perform a patient transfer to Calgary. When Pincher Creek ambulance, Pincher Creek Rescue, and Lundbreck engines arrived on scene the BC ambulance released the injured into their care. Two people from the SUV were transferred to Pincher Creek Hospital with undetermined injuries.

At approximately 12:30 pm today, December 27, Pincher Rescue, Pincher Creek Ambulance and Lundbreck Fire Engine responded to a semi that was blown over that blocked highway 22 for approximately one hour, 10 kilometers north of the Highway 3 junction. While dealing with the issue, a semi that was stopped and waiting to proceed once the highway was cleared was also blown over by the wind. There were two people sent to Pincher Creek Hospital with undetermined injuries from the first semi that blocked the highway. The people in the second semi were assessed and released on scene.

According to Pincher Creek Emergency Services Chief Dave Cox the wind was peaking at 135 km/hr on December 27 during the approximate time these accidents were occurring.

Environment Canada is projecting drizzle this evening with a 5 centimeter snow beginning late this evening and a risk of freezing drizzle near midnight, with wind from the west at 60 km/h gusting to 80 km/hr becoming northeast 30 km/hr gusting to 50 km/hr this evening.

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