Pincher Creek RCMP are investigating a series of multiple-vehicle collisions on Highway 3 between Pincher Station and Cowley, according to Sgt. Ryan Hodge.
Hodge confirmed a few minor injuries among motorists involved in four collisions reported near Pincher Station between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday.
First responders closed Highway 3 near Cowley at around 11 a.m. Thursday, following a second series of collisions.
Hodge said it wasn’t clear how many vehicles were involved in either smash-up as of Thursday afternoon. Mounties left the highway at about noon, he said.
Charges are expected against drivers believed to be responsible for some of the pileups, as per Alberta’s Traffic and Safety Act, with Hodge advising that the Mounties’ investigation could last through the weekend.
What is clear is that many drivers aren’t driving to winter highway conditions, which Hodge said are notoriously treacherous between Pincher Station and Crowsnest Pass.
Snowdrifts had crept onto the highway at Pincher Station by late Wednesday afternoon, but responding officers said visibility was decent.
“People aren’t slowing down,” Hodge said. “They aren’t driving to road conditions.”
Mounties don’t believe drugs or alcohol were involved in any of the collisions, he said.
Pat Neumann, chief at Pincher Creek Emergency Services, wasn’t immediately available for comment before Shootin’ the Breeze filed this story online Thursday afternoon.
Pincher Creek RCMP strongly recommend that drivers use caution on Highway 3.
“When you see a snowdrift on the highway, slow down and wait until it’s safe to drive around it,” Hodge said.
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