Monday’s snowfall is being blamed for a number of crashes in and around the Calgary area and conditions continued to be a challenge throughout the day.
Late Monday afternoon, Alberta 511 reported that many southern Alberta highways were covered with snow and ice. Highway 21 around Drumheller, Highway 22 near Crowsnest Pass and Highway 23 around Chestermere were listed in poor driving condition.
Eight people – including four children – were injured in a crash along Highway 22 south of Calgary around 11:00 a.m. Monday. Icy roads were reported at the time. A woman in her 50’s had to be extricated from her SUV around 1:00 p.m. after her vehicle hit a flatbed trailer. She was flown to the hospital in potentially life-threatening condition. And Highway 1 between Field and Golden was closed down in both directions after a vehicle incident.
Within the city, roads conditions were not much better. As of 3:30 p.m. Calgary police reported 103 collisions, seven involving injuries, but said things could have been worse.
The volume of vehicles on the road within the city was relatively low for the morning and afternoon commute due to the holidays.
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