Frost conditions lead to three crashes

Stephen Brun
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SUMMERSIDE – Local emergency crews were busy with three separate single-vehicle accidents within less than three hours Wednesday morning.

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The East Prince RCMP said each of the incidents was caused by a combination of frost on the roads and lack of winter tires.

The first accident occurred around 7 a.m. along Route 6 in Clinton where a Honda Civic, driven by a 23-year-old man, hit a patch of ice while going around a curve in the road. The vehicle flipped onto its roof in a ditch, however there were no injuries as a result of the crash.

Police say the Civic was equipped with all-season tires, which may have been a contributing factor to the driver losing control.

Shortly after 9 a.m., police were called to a second single-vehicle accident on the Blue Shank Road near Wilmot Valley.

A GMC Canyon travelling toward Summerside hit a frost patch, left the road and struck a power pole. The male driver, who is in his early twenties and the lone occupant of the pickup truck, was taken to Prince County Hospital with undetermined injuries.

RCMP again said the truck’s tires were somewhat worn and inadequate for use in icy conditions.

Maritime Electric crews worked at the scene to repair the damaged pole, but police don’t believe the accident caused any power disruptions.

The third incident also occurred shortly after 9 a.m. along Route 123 in Lot 16, near the community centre.

A Toyota Corolla hit yet another patch of frost in a shaded section of the road while negotiating a turn and rolled over into a nearby ditch. The driver, a 23-year-old woman, was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Police say the Corolla was also equipped with all-season tires.

The RCMP issued a news release Wednesday reminding Island motorists that the weather is quickly changing, and offered tips for safe winter driving.

Some of the suggestions include:

- Ensure windows are completely defrosted before entering the roadway

- Reduce speed

- Leave a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you

- Ensure tires are in good condition – winter tries are highly recommended

- Leave earlier than normal to allow for road conditions

- If you have to stop, get as far off the travel portion of the highway as possible and use emergency flashers. Also use emergency flashers while driving if visibility is low.

-  Graduated drivers or those with learner permits should take extra care

Organizations: RCMP, Prince County Hospital, Maritime Electric

Geographic location: Clinton, Blue Shank Road, Wilmot Valley Summerside Iceland

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  • Sarah
    November 21, 2012 - 16:26

    Here's a tip for winter driving--make defensive driving a part of the high school system and get professionals to teach the kids to drive instead of parents and family members who are full of bad habits themselves. What a useful high school course this would be and the roads would start being safer for everyone!

    • I Agree
      November 21, 2012 - 18:00

      I agree Sarah , the courses that the kids are taking these days just to fill their credits sometimes make no sense. I would love to see the school system offer a course or two to help with safe driving. Sewing doesn't come in as handy as it once did. Another course they might wanna offer is life skills ,, like how to budget money , pay bills, and maybe save alittle. Back to the driving course Great idea!!!