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2014-03-19 at 13:03

Snowy morning leads to pair of highway crashes

By tbnewswatch.com
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The lingering winter kept OPP officers busy with a pair of morning highway crashes.

Officials with the Thunder Bay detachment say officers responded to a collision on Highway 11/17 east of Mapleward Road.

Police say the driver of an SUV was heading west when the driver lost control of her vehicle, rolling it over before stopping in the eastbound ditch.

The woman was transported to the hospital via ambulance and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

At 8:45 a.m., officers responded to a crash on Highway 61 between Arthur Street and the Harbour Expressway.

The driver of another SUV was heading north on the highway when she lost control of her vehicle, striking a light post stand before stopping in the northbound ditch.

Firefighters with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue attended the scene and extricated the driver.

The woman transported to hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.

There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

The vehicle sustained extensive damage.

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alannisteralwayspayshisdebts says:
Thank you to the two nurses who stopped to assist my step daughter who was a victim in the rollover on the Expressway. Our family is very grateful for your actions and would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart.

The Trauma staff in the ER at TBRHSC is to be commended in addition to the various specialists who have seen her so far and are participating in her treatment and recovery.

God bless all of you.
3/19/2014 3:29:42 PM
Eastender says:
I would like to know if the police dept. keep a record of any kind as to wether these type of accidents have anything to do with the condition and type of tires on the vehicles involved in these accidents. I do see a lot of vehicles still using , what appear to be so called all season tires. I have driven myself at various times on snow covered roads with these less than adequate tires, and i would not recommend them at all under snow covered road conditions.

I think that proper winter tires could possibly decrease the number of highway mishaps, and hope that this becomes law, as in Quebec.
3/20/2014 10:41:59 AM
mystified says:
I have all season radial tires on my vehicle and have not encountered any problems whatsoever in my travels.
Yes winter tires have deeper treads but add a set of chains and you'll go even more places.
It's not what you drive, it's how you drive that determines wether you will get to your destination or not. We don't need anymore laws forced upon us.
People complain enough about tax, fuel, insurance and other increases and yet you want a law allowing the government to dig deeper into your pocket!
3/20/2014 12:30:51 PM
Eastender says:
As I stated, i have driven many years on both types of tires, and there is no doubt in my mind that you have greater control with winter snow tires on snow covered roads. Everyone rebelled against seatbelt laws when they were first introduced, but in the long run, many lives have been saved because of them.

You cannot leave the safety of public transportation up to individual whims. Have you seen videos on u tube of accidents on highways in Russia where safety standards are far below those of North America. Drinking and driving laws appear to be quite lax. The accident rate is atrocious.

I am more than happy to comply with safety standards in this country, if it means less deaths on the highway.

By the way, do you know how much those mandated airbags are costing you. Would you buy your kids a car without them?

Everyone should have winter tires on their cars in the winter. It just makes sense.
3/20/2014 6:14:33 PM
Glyder says:
Seatbelts come standard with vehicles. Snow tires do not. I did not have $700-1000 to buy snow tires when we got our car. I have other priorities, such as activities for my child, paying bills and living.

Drive for the conditions, and you will be fine. I agree, snow tires are awesome, and we will have them for next year, but this year it was not in the plan.

When you can get all the car dealerships to add a set of rims/tires for every purchase, then you will see everyone with them. Tack it onto the purchase price. But for now, they are an item not a lot of people can afford.
3/25/2014 10:38:03 AM
razor_burn says:
How any times do these accidents have to happen before you people give your heads a shake and actually pay attention to driving to the conditions?
3/20/2014 6:17:00 PM
woof!! says:
The headline should read "Driving not for the conditions leads to pair of highway crashes".
3/20/2014 9:35:22 PM
Who-cares says:
Maybe if the private contractor dropped a plow on the highway to remove the snow instead up using a ton of salt to melt the ice, there wouldn't be slush ruts all over the highway. This to me creates an even dangerous situation causing the vehicle to lose traction and spin out of control. Not to mention the lights along the expressway that are there to make us safer, I would bet if those lights were placed away from the road and not right on the shoulder they wouldn't be hit causing significant more damage to vehicles and people in them.
3/21/2014 4:37:31 PM
one lady's opinion says:
whatever is/was the cause of all the accidents, I pray that all the people involved have a speedy recovery . My condolences to the families of the people involved in the fatal accident.
3/22/2014 12:39:47 PM
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