A slippery road is blamed for at least one crash that sent a senior to hospital — one of a number of collisions along Westman highways in less than 24 hours.
Roads were reportedly icy on Tuesday evening, and RCMP reported that highways in various spots across Westman remained slick on Wednesday.
Minnedosa RCMP Const. Justin Huddle said blowing snow had stuck to wet patches left on roads by melting. Those patches then froze again, making for hazardous highways — conditions made worse by blowing snow.
“I don’t advise travel,” Huddle said on Wednesday afternoon. “Visibility is poor.”
On Tuesday, shortly before 11:30 a.m., two cars collided head-on on Highway 2, about five kilometres east of Wawanesa.
RCMP say a 46-year-old woman was driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla west when she lost control, crossed the centre line and hit an eastbound 2013 Toyota Venza.
There were no serious injuries reported. The 84-year-old woman who was driving the Venza was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Slippery road conditions are considered a factor, RCMP said.
Also on Tuesday, around 8:15 p.m., emergency personnel were sent to a head-on collision between a Ford F250 pickup truck and 2004 Pontiac Sunfire car on Highway 10 south of the city.
Police said the 21-year-old woman who was driving the northbound pickup truck lost control, crossed over the centre line and hit the southbound car. The 21-year-old woman who was driving the car was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the pickup driver and a passenger were treated at the scene.
This crash site was then the scene of a second collision when the driver of a 1996 Ford Taurus hit a 2000 GMC pickup that belonged to a man who’d stopped to help the people involved in the first collision. The pickup was empty at the time of impact and the 26-year-old driver of the Ford Taurus wasn’t seriously injured.
Mounties noted that slippery conditions were a factor.
While it’s not clear whether road conditions were behind all the crashes, the number of collisions on area highways continued to mount on Wednesday.
In the morning, a semi-trailer entered the ditch near the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Grand Valley Road but there were no injuries.
There was also a report of a single-vehicle crash north of Minto on Wednesday afternoon, and also a rollover north of the Trans-Canada on Highway 270.
The conditions of people in those vehicles weren’t immediately available, but there was nothing in initial reports to suggest serious injuries.
Meanwhile, Brandon Police Service Sgt. Kevin Loewen reported that street conditions in the city were generally good.
Two collisions were reported to the BPS as of Wednesday afternoon. One didn’t appear to be the result of road conditions, while the other was still under investigation.
No collisions were reported in Brandon for Monday or Tuesday.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 20, 2014