Cobequid Pass closed after accident

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GLENHOLME - An accident involving a tractor-trailer closed the Cobequid Pass for a couple of hours Wednesday night.
The crash happened at around 5 p.m.
Police said no injuries were sustained but traffic was being rerouted at the Glenholme exit on Trans Canada Highway 104.
"They closed it because they had to clear the road," said Nova Scotia RCMP spokesman Sgt. Mark Gallagher.
There were other vehicles off the road across the province as Nova Scotia's 100-series highways were snow-packed and visibility was low, he added.
"The big message is when the weather is not conducive to driving then try to re-plan your schedule and if you can stay, stay put," Gallagher said.
He also reminded residents to be prepared for winter with snow tires and other essentials.
Environment Canada was expecting 15 centimetres of snow to fall on higher elevated areas of Cumberland County, including the Cobequid Pass. Other parts of the region were expected to receive five to 10 centimetres.
The snow was expected to taper off to flurries late Wednesday before ending.

Organizations: Trans Canada Highway 104, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Cumberland County

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  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 11:20

    Maybe they idled their tanks empty ,hitched a ride somewhere to come back today with a can of gas . There are no facilities for food or vehicle assistance on that streatch . IMO

  • L
    January 18, 2010 - 11:07

    I just got an email from a colleague. He is still there (6:30 am) and has been there since about 6pm yesterday. He's got gas, just been told to stay put...there's a lot of them still there??

  • bill
    January 18, 2010 - 11:03

    absolutely irresponsible! no way this should have happened. this particular highway is a toll road, and we pay to use it. the managers could have at least salted and plowed....could have at least tried to open the road...instead of people having to sitfor 14 hours on the side of the road waiting ....just another fine exMPLE OF HOW WE AS NOVA SCOTIANS ARE GETTING RIPPED OFF! out of their control? ok...let's get someone in there who can do the job...peoples' lives ae at stake here....whomever is responsible should be fired immediatly! replaced . now! we have plows, and we pay drivers....make them do the job. or stop paying them!!! this should not have happened...steps should be taken to ensure that it does not happen again!yes, weather is unpredictable in these areas, but that does not give the department of highways reason to goof off! people should be prepared when they travel in winter is a true fact, but so should tha blasted government!give it some thought, and vote responsibly! let's hire the right people for the job, who gets the job done...ridiculous....this never should have happened....with only 10-15 centimeters of snow...new plan now! get rid of that which does not work....

  • karen
    January 18, 2010 - 10:57

    something has to be done what about a mother with her 10 month baby sitting in her car for hours and hours and not able to come get home. this is really irresponsible of the government to let someone with a baby sit in their car all night with no food no water and the baby being sick. another thing what happened to environment canada giving people fair warning of this snow storm now i have a weather indicator on my computer and the warning never hit that indicator until 3 pm how is that fair warning. get better meteorologist.

  • Davos
    January 18, 2010 - 10:37

    There are dozens of cars still sitting on the highway in the westbound lanes between Truro and the toll booths, going on now EIGHT HOURS later. What is going on?