Weather

Current Conditions
0.6C
Cloudy
Today's Forecast
2C
Chance of flurries or rain showers
Sponsored by Highland Ford

News And Views

Classifieds

Announcements

Entertainment

Shop Local

More Local

Search The Web

Google Search

Local News

Eight motor vehicle collisions on highway 17

Monday, December 30, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

*************************
Sault Ste. Marie OPP responded to eight motor vehicle collisions on the four lanes, highway 17 east on Saturday, December 28, 2013.

These collisions occurred within a five hour period between 7 p.m. and midnight.

No injuries were reported.

Several vehicles had to be towed.

Motorists are reminded to adjust their driving habits to the road and weather conditions.

Weather changes, particularly during the winter, can occur suddenly and dramatically in Ontario.

Without warning, sudden storms and plunging temperatures can drastically change road conditions and reduce visibility.

Driving too fast for the road conditions is the number one cause of winter collisions.

*************************

Comments
14
Please sign in to post a response
Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of SooToday.com. Keep discussions civil and on topic. Refrain from obscenity and don't post anything that your grandmother would be ashamed to read. Those who do not abide by these guidelines will have their membership revoked without notice. If you see an abusive post, please click the link beside the post to report it.
mrmoon 12/30/2013 1:17:35 PM Report

Always weather conditions.....or maybe just maybe the private company that the govenment sold off to is proving to be as useless as everyone states that they are
Sam C 12/30/2013 1:18:59 PM Report

Was out yesterday afternoon. Went for a drive out that eay, but took the back roads... which were a bit slippery. Saw a few yahoos bopping along too fast who managed to avoid the ditches... some barely.
S.M.A.R.T. 12/30/2013 1:26:44 PM Report

EIGHT? Do you really think that these were all due to poor winter driving? That's just plain silly. Sub-par winter road maintenance is clearly in the mix here folks and don't tell me about sudden temperature changes or unusual precipitation. BULL! I've been around longer than I'd like to admit and I've seen it all, but now I'm just plain thankful that I no longer face having to go out on northern Ontario highways during the winter. Some people are not as fortunate and they are forced to face UNACCEPTABLE road conditions due to what I suspect is the PRIVATIZATON of the maintenance of our highways.
sweetc 12/30/2013 1:29:21 PM Report

came back from St joes on Saturday about 11 ish... lots of freezing rain...temp was +3 when we left the Island but -6 in town... good layer of ice over everything. hard to drive on. got home safe and sound though.
uncle gary 12/30/2013 2:10:57 PM Report

We were coming from the Soo and our 4 wheel drive truck went sideways as we were entering Hwy 17 at Bar River. Thank God nobody was beside us because we couldn't steer and were only doing 80 km. Should have been salted before the wet pavement changed to ice !!! I knew we wouldn't be the only ones having problems that night. Got home safely Thank God !
thesharr 12/30/2013 3:27:03 PM Report

All roads are brutal,second line west,black road,they look bare but are very slippery, so slow down or If your lucky you'll hit the ditch and not oncoming traffic.
Norm 12/30/2013 3:39:23 PM Report

Had to stay night in Red Deer, after Rebels, Calgary Hitmen game. Counted 55 vehicles and transports in ditch on the way back to Calgary the next morning. Quite the frightening scene, fortunate we stayed the night. Bad storms all over the country this year. Slow down, and don't run the red lights. When unsure, stay the night, it might be worth it.
razeandcrash 12/30/2013 3:43:26 PM Report

are we responsible for anything anymore. If the majority of people actually drive to weather conditions, you would not see so many accidents. Then again I guess it's easier to blame maintenance crews for not being out right away then actually adjust your driving. I drive down to traverse city are regular and they hardly ever touch the roads and not once I have I ended up of the road or in an accident.
Sam C 12/30/2013 4:08:09 PM Report

I have seen crews out in all sorts of weather on the East highway... maintenance is not an issue.

When I am driving 90 km/h and get passed by someone that makes me look like I'm standing still, I'm guessing that could be part of the problem.
GrammaDingbat54 12/30/2013 4:44:49 PM Report

Drivers shouldn't have to reminded or told to adjust their driving to the weather conditions. It's a given this time of year. But when you are dealing with idiots, you may as well talk to the wall till you're blue in the face. Impossible.
saultbie25 12/30/2013 6:42:10 PM Report

There wouldn't be this many accidents if idiots would drive to the conditions of the road, lower speeds and actually pay attention. Geese people, when are you people going to learn! Idiots like those people are the reason why our insurance is expensive and why I take back roads to avoid incompetent drivers
duddy 12/30/2013 7:24:33 PM Report

Very well stated razeandcrash, too many people not adjusting to conditions. I drove out of the Sault Saturday night near 2000hrs and could feel the road conditions icing up. Slowed to 50 or 60 km. and took my time. Did see a sander in opposite lane near 638 hwy. Don't blame the people doing maintenance cause I drive this road usually twice a day and they are doing a fine job.
mixerman55 12/31/2013 7:31:12 AM Report

Don't totally blame it on the contractor who won the bid for the job, The M.T.O. still calls the shots folks. The contractor has to follow what they are told to do. They are told when to plow, when to sand and how much to put on the road,If it is to stormy they are told to stand down and wait for a call, did you know they put down water mixed with a chemical to help melt the ice, I heard that don't work very good. If you look at the sanders you will see a tank full of this chemical, Yes they still put salt and sand on the road but only when told to do so. I would just pay more attention to your driving and slow up when its snowing or looks slippery, A little common sense goes a long way, Happy trails and be safe.
camsgrammy 1/1/2014 3:19:46 PM Report

I would like to know the name of the doctor who gives scrips for stupid pill soon as it snows it seems so many people I swear takes them

Comments
14
Please sign in to post a response
Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of SooToday.com. Keep discussions civil and on topic. Refrain from obscenity and don't post anything that your grandmother would be ashamed to read. Those who do not abide by these guidelines will have their membership revoked without notice. If you see an abusive post, please click the link beside the post to report it.
Advertising | Membership | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | About SooToday.com | Contact Us | Feedback

Copyright ©2014 SooToday.com - All rights reserved