2018-03-07

Slippery conditions lead to multiple traffic accidents

by Charles Mandel

  • <p>Charles Mandel, photo</p><p>Emergency personnel attend to a two-vehicle accident outside of Chester.</p>

Treacherous road conditions made for a hazardous commute on the morning of February 27.

Just outside of Chester on Highway 103, a two-vehicle accident involving an SUV and a pick-up truck sent one person to hospital with minor injuries. Both vehicles were travelling toward Halifax.

RCMP and fire personnel from Chester attended the scene as did South Shore Traffic Services.

Sergeant David Ferguson with the Chester RCMP detachment told LighthouseNOW that the accident took place at approximately 7:40 a.m. While he said police are still investigating the cause of the accident, he added that he "had a feeling it was due to road conditions."

While the highway had been heavily salted by 9 a.m., icy patches were still evident on the road.

Traffic on the 103 at the accident scene was reduced to one lane. It was anticipated that it would take until mid-morning to clear the scene.

Ferguson said the accident was one of three that morning, including one reported on the Lower Branch Road.

Police were also attending to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 103 between Upper Tantallon and Hubbards.

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