Icy conditions wreak havoc on roads

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Sixteen collisions; four involve school buses

St. Albert residents found themselves slipping and sliding on the roads this week after the first big snowfall of the season resulted in 16 collisions on Wednesday, including a school bus that was hit twice in ten minutes.

On Wednesday morning, residents woke up to icy roads and long commutes to work after the first snowfall of the season.

The RCMP reported 16 collisions on Nov. 1. Of those, 15 were reported as property damage with no injuries.

Over the day, three school buses were involved in four collisions. Three of the collisions reported only property damage but police say a teenager suffered a minor head injury in one of the school bus collisions.

One of the buses was hit twice while parked at a city bus stop. The bus was parked at the intersection of Bellerose Drive and Oakmont Drive and was picking up teens to take to one of the St. Albert public schools. A vehicle came around the corner and rear-ended the bus. The bus only had minor damage to the exterior and no kids were injured.

The bus remained parked and the driver called for the safety inspector to come to assess the damage before driving off. As the driver was placing pylons around the stopped vehicle, the bus was rear-ended by a Jeep.

“Nine minutes later a Jeep came from Oakmont and was making a left and slid into the bus. It actually moved the bus,” said Kris Salerno, manager of Transportation Service at the St. Albert Public School District.

The second collision involved more substantial damage to the bus and one of the 21 teens inside the bus suffered a minor head injury.

Another St. Albert Public School bus that was transporting teens to school was involved in a collision on Wednesday morning. A driver approaching the intersection at Sir Winston Churchill and Cunningham Road was not able to stop at a yellow light and collided with another vehicle.

“Because of the road conditions the driver couldn’t stop,” Salerno said. “It wasn’t a high speed collision … the biggest factor was the roads.”

The driver estimated that he was going 15 kilometres per hour at the time of the collision. No students were injured.

A St. Albert Catholic School District bus also suffered a collision on Wednesday morning around 8 a.m. The bus had just dropped students off at St. Albert Catholic High School and there were no students on the bus at the time of the collision.

St. Albert was not the only community in the region that suffered from icy road conditions.

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) responded to a total of 67 collisions on Wednesday. Some 54 of the incidents involved property damage, nine were hit and run incidents. There were four collisions with reports of injuries.

On Thursday collision numbers climbed in Edmonton. EPS responded to 83 incidents between 6 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Collision with property damage climbed to 70 and hit and run incidents jumped to 10. There were three collisions that reported injuries.

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.