It’s not spring yet

A cautionary tale for those who think winter driving is over

  • Mar. 14, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Cranbrook RCMP issued a warning last Friday morning for those who may be getting a little cavalier about winter driving. Recent warm weather has meant mainly dry roads and safe driving conditions. But it is still winter, and you can still run into poor conditions.

Case in point, says Cranbrook RCMP Cst. Katie Forgeron is an incident on Friday where a pickup truck collided with a snowplow.

The accident occurred about seven kilometres down King Street.

“The pickup was travelling on snow covered, slushy roads and as he moved over to avoid an oncoming snowplow he began to fishtail into oncoming traffic,” Forgeron said. “The driver of the snowplow attempted to lift the blade of the plow in order to avoid the truck, but was unable to do so.

“The blade hit just behind the driver’s seat of the pickup and embedded itself into the wall of the cab.  The 18 year old driver of the pickup received minor injuries.

“The RCMP is reminding drivers that we are still in the winter season and the weather can change quickly.  Cranbrook RCMP is also reminding drivers to drive to the road conditions.”

Drivers are also reminded that snow tires are required on many BC highways until March 31.