Canada Deerfoot Trail closed due to bad weather, multi-vehicle crashes

01:41  04 february  2018
01:41  04 february  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Several multi - vehicle crashes forced the closure of Deerfoot Trail on Saturday. A map showing the section of Deerfoot Trail closed due to bad weather and multi - vehicle crashes .

Loria said 18 people in total were assessed due to the crash . Four were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Calgary police and fire were busy with a multi vehicle collision on Deerfoot Trail south of Memorial drive with no serious injuries on Monday January 1, 2018.

a person driving a car: Several multi-vehicle crashes forced the closure of Deerfoot Trail on Saturday.© Anis Heydari/CBC Several multi-vehicle crashes forced the closure of Deerfoot Trail on Saturday.

Deerfoot Trail has been closed in both directions between McKnight Blvd. and Anderson Rd. in Calgary as emergency crews deal with multiple crashes involving dozens of vehicles.

Between midnight and 1 p.m. on Saturday, there were 128 crashes reported to police, with 19 involving injury.

EMS said five people were transported to hospital, all in non-life threatening condition.

a car parked on the side of a vehicle: A Calgarian captured this photo of a crash near 130th Avenue and Deerfoot Trail in southeast Calgary on Saturday afternoon.© canadiansnowboarder/Instagram A Calgarian captured this photo of a crash near 130th Avenue and Deerfoot Trail in southeast Calgary on Saturday afternoon.

The first multi-vehicle crashes on Deerfoot Trail happened around 11 a.m. Saturday — about the time snow started to fall — involving several vehicles near the 16th Avenue overpass.

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Four people were transported to hospital in non-life threatening condition following a New Year’s Day crash on Deerfoot Trail .

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Another multi-car crash happened soon after near Deerfoot Trail and Memorial Drive.

That was followed by another reported at Deerfoot Trail and 32nd Avenue N.E.

As crash reports continued to flood in, police made the decision to close the highway just after noon, and drivers are cautioned to avoid the area.

a close up of a map: City of Calgary traffic cameras show how reduced the visibility is.© City of Calgary City of Calgary traffic cameras show how reduced the visibility is.

Police later said on social media they are coordinating with Carmacks, which handles maintenance of the highway, to do an echelon plow of the closed section — staggering plows across the road to clear it quicker — in an effort to speed up the process of re-opening.

There is no estimated time for re-opening.

Saturday's forecast calls for temperatures to fall to –23 C by the evening and the snow to continue falling throughout the day.

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Police have closed Deerfoot Trail in both directions from McKnight Blvd. to Anderson Blvd. due to multiple collisions and poor driving conditions. As snow continues to fall across the city, police are advising Calgarians to avoid travel if possible. “The weather today is making the roads challenging for

Police have closed Deerfoot Trail in both directions from McKnight Blvd. to Anderson Blvd. due to Calgary Police, fire and EMS were kept busy with multiple crashes along Deerfoot Trail on Slow down, leave lots of room between you and other vehicles , and turn your lights on so people can see

A snowfall warning was issued by Environment Canada on Saturday afternoon which included Banff, Canmore, Calgary, Okotoks, High River and the Crowsnest Pass.

Up to 20 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in the mountain region and up to 10 centimetres in Calgary, with the snowfall expected to taper off through the evening.

City officials said Saturday afternoon they do not expect to call a snow route parking ban.

a close up of a map: A map showing the section of Deerfoot Trail closed due to bad weather and multi-vehicle crashes.© Calgary Police/Facebook A map showing the section of Deerfoot Trail closed due to bad weather and multi-vehicle crashes.
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