Below freezing temperatures makes for slippery roads, accidents

Raissa Tetanish
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Below freezing temperatures makes for slippery roads, accidents

AMHERST - Snow and falling temperatures leads to icy roads and in the past 48 hours, it has meant a lot of cars sliding off them.

Sgt. John Berry of the Cumberland RCMP said officers have been responding to numerous accidents since the snow began falling Tuesday.

"The roads are icy and it's more of motorists not taking the proper care," Berry said. He added that the accidents were widespread all across the county.

Tuesday evening saw two tractor-trailers off the Trans Canada Highway near the Highway 2 overpass in Fort Lawrence.

Berry said he didn't have the specifics on the file, but believed it was one tractor-trailer leaving the road, which then caused the second to follow suit.

"The responding officer to that incident is responding to another accident at the moment," he said.

With the accidents that had been reported, Berry said none were serious and no injuries were reported.

"From the Tyndal Road to the 302 to the 104 - it's severe cold following the snow and a mild cold that then froze up," he said.

"It's all about driver beware at this point."

Buffy White, the area manager in Amherst with the Department of Transportation, said crews were out spreading both sand and a 50/50 mixture of sand and salt.

"When it gets too cold, there are two options we have to choose from," White said. "Crews are using both options in various spots."

White said the salt the department uses isn't as effective in temperatures less than -7 C. She said the department uses salt when the temperature is -10 C during the day, and -7 C without the sun.

"We use the 50/50 mixture because in some cases, the sun will still break down the ice," she said.

White also said no roads were closed in the county due to the weather.

Thanks to the icy weather, local tow truck operators were kept busy.

A driver with Denny's Towing said the business was responding to a number of accidents because of the snow, including some overnight.

The driver said there were accidents on the Tyndal Road, in Oxford, on the Trans Canada Highway and throughout the Town of Amherst.

Organizations: Trans Canada Highway, Department of Transportation, Denny's

Geographic location: AMHERST, Tyndal Road, Fort Lawrence Oxford

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