While Nipawin area did not see the worst of this recent winter storm, there where some who fell victim to the icy road conditions, such as this car in the ditch along HWY 55 near White Fox.
Across the province, Saskatchewan RCMP responded to 74 motor vehicle collisions on Friday. Only minor injuries were reported as a result of these collisions. Some notable incidents RCMP officers responded to include:
- Multi-vehicle collision on Ring Road in Regina that had eastbound traffic blocked and westbound traffic restricted.
- A semi jack-knifed and blocked Highway #4 near Macklin. The highway was cleared after a number of hours.
- Highway #1 by White City was temporarily blocked by a jack-knifed semi. The area was cleared quickly and traffic began flowing shortly after.
Parkland Ambulance in Prince Albert also found themselves busy Friday, including one instance near MacDowell, where they had to deploy their Mobile Response Vehicle (MRU) to rescue a 58 year old male injured in a snowmobile incident.
“This vehicle is specifically designed for such extreme conditions where terrain, limited access or road conditions prevent an ambulance vehicle from getting to the scene. The MRU is capable of transporting the injured person and paramedic safely back to a waiting ambulance.“, stated Lyle Karasiuk, Director of Public Affairs, Parkland Ambulance Care.
The man was taken to hospital in good and stable condition, though his condition was upgraded to serious but stable condition and he remains in Saskatoon hospital receiving further care.
The snow may have stopped, but roads could still be icy/slippery in sections. Drivers are reminded to check the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline (http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/map.html) for the most up-to-date road conditions before heading out and to heed all warnings and travel advisories.