Semi jackknifed affecting Highway 2 near Innisfail amid snow storm


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As a winter storm battered southern Alberta, Innisfail RCMP responded to a report of a jack-knifed tractor-trailer on Highway 2 near Innisfail on Wednesday morning.

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The tractor-trailer incident affected both the north and south lanes of the freeway, with motorists being urged to seek alternate routes.

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No injuries were reported, according to a statement from the Alberta RCMP.

On Wednesday morning, Calgary police reported that between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday, they responded to 105 vehicle collisions or incidents. Of these, 83 were non-injury, 13 involved injury and nine were hit and run. In the early hours of Wednesday, between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m., they responded to 41 vehicle collisions alone.

City of Calgary snow and ice control crews are currently working on priority routes that make more than 20,000 trips daily and on downtown commercial routes that make more than 8,000 trips daily. The city’s snow strategy aims to have all Priority 1 routes cleared within 18 hours of a snow event with Priority 2 routes, those that see more than 5,000 vehicles per day, cleared within 36 hours. .

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The city said it does not anticipate having to enforce parking bans on snow-covered roads beginning Wednesday morning.

The QEII highway incident comes as collisions continue to pile up as snow continues to fall in Alberta.

On Tuesday evening, Cochrane RCMP warned drivers to avoid the scene of a serious collision on Route 1 between Ridge Road and Hermitage Road. Officers noted winter weather conditions were impacting the roads as they began diverting westbound traffic around the collision.

Calgary and much of southern Alberta are currently under a snowfall warning, with 10 to 20 centimeters expected to fall by Wednesday evening. Accumulations exceeding 30 centimeters could occur in mountainous areas.

Meanwhile, forecasters said Tuesday temperatures are expected to dip by Saturday and snow is expected to return. Highs of -12 C and -14 C are forecast for Sunday and Monday.

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The City of Calgary also said Tuesday it had started preparing equipment and applying anti-icing materials to major roads before the snowfall, spokesman Chris McGeachy said.

“Our crews will work on high volume routes whenever snow begins to fall in accordance with our priority snow plan,” he said. “We are working to ensure that as many people as possible move safely through our hallways.”

While clearing the Deerfoot and Stoney trails is the responsibility of the provincial government, McGeachy said city crews often clear some of the ramps that lead to major roads that make more than 20,000 daily trips.

“We just want to remind people that the best thing they can do right now is adapt… The weather is going to get quite cold and we’re going to see a lot of snow, so allow plenty of time to get to where you want to be. need it. to get there if you can, put on those snow tires and leave enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

With files by Olivia Condon

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