Highway 101 turns into skating rink as cars crash into one another

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on December 16, 2016

Highway 101 was not a hospitable place for motorists Dec. 16.

©Paul Maynard

HANTSPORT, N.S. - Highway 101 heading to the Annapolis Valley is being described as a skating rink by a first responder who watched vehicles slide into one another this morning.

Hantsport Deputy Fire Chief Paul Maynard said in an interview around lunchtime Dec. 16 that the road conditions are treacherous.

“The road, from what we could tell from Hantsport to Wolfville/Grand Pre, can literally be described as a skating rink. It's completely ice covered, with blowing and drifting snow,” said Maynard.

Highway 101 was closed to traffic from the Hantsport interchange to Coldbrook for several hours. It reopened around 3 p.m. The section from Mount Uniacke to Hantsport is open, but motorists are being advised it's snow-covered, passable with caution, and has blowing/drifting snow.

Maynard said they responded to multiple accidents mid-morning Dec. 16.

“There was pretty much zero visibility,” said Maynard of the highway near the Ben Jackson Road overpass.

He said they were first called out to a five-vehicle accident that involved two tractor trailers. Two patients were assessed at the scene but did not require transportation to the hospital.

“While we were on scene, there were some other cars smashing into other vehicles so we had at least two other accidents while we were on that scene. There were no injuries but damage to the vehicles,” said Maynard.

“We had a very close call involving our units on site, where a tractor trailer actually couldn't get stopped and jackknifed right behind our crews that were working on the scene.”

He said people need to drive according to the weather conditions and, when it's as bad as it is today, they should stay off the road.

“I would recommend to anybody to just stay home. Stay completely off all of the roads. The roads are pretty much impassable right now throughout the Valley,” he said.

The Kings District RCMP indicated that the highway closure was “due to extreme weather conditions with treacherous road and poor visibility conditions.”

Just before 1 p.m., firefighters were called to another accident, this time near Avonport and involving three tractor trailers.  

Three transport trucks were involved in a collision near the Avonport exit shortly before 1 p.m. Dec. 16.

©Paul Maynard