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