It’s still winter, stay aware

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A couple of motor vehicle accidents in the Bay St. George area this week are a reminder of how quickly things can happen and often they’re beyond a driver’s control.

One incident occurred when bus driver Matilda Kerfont took a turn, one she has taken many times before, and ended up going into a skid on a downhill slope during slippery conditions.

Luckily students who had ben on her bus had been dropped off. Kerfont’s bus slid across the road into a car and both she and the driver of that vehicle had to be treated in hospital. Both were home the next day with no serious injuries.

Early Wednesday, Jeff Duffy of Kippens, on his way home from Deer Lake airport, had an accident when he came upon a small herd of caribou, with six of them on the driving portion of the road.

He tried to avoid them but hit one with his pickup even though he was going slowly because of slippery road conditions.

In that case, it was lucky Duffy had a larger vehicle and he didn’t receive any personal injuries, but the caribou had to be put down.

While completely different, both accidents did have a common thread of slippery roads. It’s the time of year when the weather can change at a moment’s notice and road conditions can change as quickly.

Another connection is that both are experienced drivers and drove the roads often, which goes to show that conditions can and are changing.

Sometimes accidents are just that — accidents. Thankfully, neither of these incidents resulted in serious injuries to those involved. But still, it’s winter in Newfoundland and there will be slippery roads for some time yet, so drivers should remain aware of all the hazard — whether that’s big game wandering onto the highway, slippery roads or whiteout conditions.

Geographic location: St. George, Deer Lake, Newfoundland

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