Collisions keep police busy on day of first snowfall

Although later than usual, the first snowfall Tuesday, Nov. 15, caught several travellers off guard

  • Nov. 15, 2016 8:00 a.m.

For the Townsman

Old man winter has finally reared its ugly head and landed in Cranbrook.

Although later than usual, the first snowfall Tuesday, Nov. 15, caught several travellers off guard and Cranbrook RCMP responded to three separate motor vehicle incidents between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

At 6:30 Tuesday morning, Cranbrook RCMP responded to a collision on Cranbrook Street North at Willowbrook Drive. A vehicle made a left hand turn at the intersection when unsafe to do so and was T-boned by a vehicle travelling north. The driver making the turn was issued a violation ticket.

At around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning RCMP were advised of a motor vehicle incident near Kennedy Road on Hwy 95A. Cranbrook RCMP attended and found a minivan on its side in the bottom of the ditch. Occupants were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A violation ticket was issued to the driver for having improper tires.

The third incident occurred around Moyie Provincial Park where a vehicle went into the ditch. The driver was uninjured and had already begun the process of removing the vehicle.

“Although winter waited longer than usual to come to Cranbrook., motorists should have already had their winter tires in place as it is mandatory to have them on starting October 1,” said Cst. Katie Forgeron. “Cranbrook RCMP would also like to advise the motoring public to have some sort of winter kit in their cars, including blankets, water and food, in case they do have a collision”.