Winter storm good for skiers, not so for drivers

Friday afternoon near Bonnington on Highway 3A west of Nelson commuters saw an auto-transport semi trailer in the ditch after the driver lost control before stopping in the ditch. — Bruce Fuhr photo
Friday afternoon near Bonnington on Highway 3A west of Nelson commuters saw an auto-transport semi trailer in the ditch after the driver lost control before stopping in the ditch. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The winter storm that hammered the Kootenays Friday and Saturday was great for the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powderfest at Whitewater Ski Resort but bad for drivers as numerous accidents were reported throughout the region.

In Nelson no less than a half dozen of accidents were reported to Nelson Police Department of the fender/bender type.

The biggest headache came Friday afternoon when a seven-vehicle pileup occurred near Rosemont Elementary School on Crease Street.

A Nelson City bus was believed to be involved but the driver saw the on-coming mayhem and stopped the bus.

Some other accident reports happened at Stanley and Latimer Streets; Park Street below Kootenay Lake Hospital and near Josephine Street.

Nelson City Public works decided to stop the City transit buses at 8 p.m. after conditions became too severe for safe ridership.

On Highway 3A west of Nelson near Bonnington, an auto transport slid off the road Friday afternoon and was left until a tow-truck could be called to pull the semi, with two cars on his trailer, out of the ditch.

The snow dumped no less than 60 centimeters during the weekend at Whitewater Ski Resort making skiers participating in the 2012 Kootenay Coldsmoke Powderfest smiling from ear to ear.


 

Comments

Winter storm good for skiers, not so for drivers

I am sure the ski enthusiasts were thrilled by the dump we received on 24th and 25th February, but it certainly did make for difficulty on the roads as your article discusses.

My wife came to brush the snow from our car at around 11.30am Saturday morning, having parked it outside our house at around 8.30pm Friday and found that during that period a vehicle had crashed in to it causing expensive damage to the rear left corner. No one has come to us since then accepting their part in that event. I appreciate that it was no doubt an accident but not contacting us is a deliberate act and quite out of keeping with the way many would like to consider Nelsonites to be.

Our vehicle is a dark blue VW Jetta and was parked outside our home, 419 Delbruck Street in uphill. I urge anyone who might be able to help us be in touch with the driver or owner of the vehicle involved to contact me at martinlane@hotmail.com or by phone at 352 3691.