Bad driving conditions lead to unlucky number of mishaps near Wakefield, Quebec


by admin on December 16, 2010

Treacherous road conditions was the main cause in 13 accidents throughout the Gatineau Hills on Dec. 12, including a head-on collision in Cantley, Quebec that left a man in serious condition.

The crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12 when a 34-year-old Blue Sea man lost control of his car and slammed head-on into a pickup truck on Hwy 307.

He and a 30-year-old female passenger also from Blue Sea were taken to a hospital in Hull. The man suffered head and leg injuries, said MRC des Collines Police Spokesperson Martin Fournel, who added that his injuries while serious were not life- threatening. The passenger’s injuries were minor, and the driver of the truck was not hurt.

Fire crews had to use the Jaws of Life to free the man and woman from the car. Police blocked the highway to traffic all afternoon as the police and fire crews worked.

The other 12 accidents were fender-benders, or minor mishaps that landed cars in ditches, as freezing rain pelted the Gatineau Hills.

Fournel reminds all residents to install their winter tires, which should have been done by the Dec. 15 deadline.

“Most drivers have already installed them, because of the weather we have had,” he said. “But there is always a few who don’t have them and wait until the last minute.”

Motorists caught with non-winter tires could be fined up to $300, but it won’t cost them demerit points.