By Kees Wijnands
(SHAKESPEARE, ON) – During the last 24 hours, police officers were kept busy responding to high number of traffic related calls for service, due to the the raging snow storm. Most calls involved motor vehicles leaving the roadways and entering snow filled ditches.
Other vehicles crashed into guardrails, fence posts, or trees. A number of collisions involved multiple vehicles however, due to the relative low speed the vehicles were travelling, damage and injuries were relatively minor in nature.
A total of 40 collisions were attended to by the Perth County OPP during the period of the morning of November 18 through Wednesday morning.
One snow plough collision involving a township plough, that was struck by a pickup truck, was investigated. Shortly before 2:00 pm, the pickup truck lost control on Highway 8, at Road 145, and slid into the plough as it was making a turn.
No injuries were reported, but the pickup truck sustained moderate damage while the plough received minor damage.
Around 4:30 pm, along Highway 7/8 west of Shakespeare, a tow truck was pulling a vehicle out of the ditch when it was hit by another vehicle. The tow truck driver, who was working outside of his vehicle, narrowly escaped injuries.
Damage to all vehicles involved was minor to minimal in nature.
Police are reminding motorists to go slow, when you see snow. During blowing snow and poor visibility conditions, don’t take chances, and stay off the roads until conditions improve.