BRITT - The Britt and Area Fire Department was kept busy over the last several days prior to Christmas due to poor weather conditions.
A number of Emergency Service vehicles, including ambulance, fire and police attended a number of accidents on December 20 and 21 due to poor weather and road conditions.
On Thursday, Dec. 20 at 3:45 p.m. West Parry Sound Ambulance services were dispatched to a vehicle roll over on Highway 69 just North of 522 Highway. The vehicle lost control and rolled twice down an embankment; the driver walked away with injuries.
At 7:30 p.m. the same night, the department received another call for another rollover down an embankment between Highway 522 and the French River. A passing motorist saw the tire tracks off the road and called it in to Emergency Services.
Emergency responders, including ambulance, police and fire spent considerable time searching the ditches at French River before deducing the call must have been for the prior accident location.
On Friday, Dec. 21 at 3:30 p.m. OPP requested the Britt Fire Department to attend a multi-car collision on Highway 69 just North of the Pickerel River Bridge. At the time, visibility was limited and the roads were snow packed and slippery.
Upon their arrival it was learned that a northbound vehicle hauling a trailer struck a southbound vehicle causing two more vehicles to collide with each other. The highway was completely blocked for about one hour causing kilometers of back up in both directions before the highway was opened to one lane. At one time there were four ambulances, numerous police and fire vehicles on the scene. All patients were transferred to Sudbury Regional Hospital.
The vehicle with the trailer that caused the accident left the scene and was stopped near Sudbury where the driver was charged for leaving the scene of the accident.