January 21st, 2018

Hatters reminded to drive safe following multi-vehicle collision

By Tim Kalinowski on January 3, 2018.

Medicine Hat News

Sgt. Clarke White of the Medicine Hat Police Service’s Traffic Safety Unit is reminding Hatters to adjust their driving for icy road conditions after three, near-simultaneous vehicle accidents occurred on the eastbound Trans-Canada Hwy. at the Box Springs off-ramp Tuesday morning.

“The accidents were caused by very slippery conditions on that off-ramp,” said White. “You have to drive for the conditions, and you are the one responsible for your vehicle at all times. If you are driving too fast for the conditions, you could be held (legally) responsible for that.”

White said no one was injured in the accidents and no charges were laid as none of three cars involved actually collided with each other.

“It was three, separate, single-vehicle collisions where the drivers went off the road because of the icy roads,” confirmed White. “In fact one of those cars hit the ditch with no damage, and is not even classified as a collision. The other two hit the guard rail sustaining minor damage as they were exiting the off-ramp.”

The accidents closed off the right lane of the eastbound Trans-Canada Hwy. at the Box Springs overpass at about 8:30 a.m. for about 45 minutes Tuesday morning as emergency personnel responded to the scene.

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