February 22, 2007 § Leave a comment

From yesterday’s Lunenburg Progress Enterprise:

Icy conditions ditch plow, ambulance

Mossman, William Hebb roads temporarily closed

by Keith Corcoran

County — An ice-glazed hill is to blame for accidents— and near miss— involving a car, ambulance, snow plow, and firetruck on a treacherous rural Lunenburg County road.

A section of the William Hebb Road in Hebbville was the second road to close to traffic for part of February 15 and 16 because of its ice-coated condition.

In the late evening of February 15, the William Hebb mayhem started when a Nissan Altima, driven by Adam Bush, came to a rest in the south-side ditch after sliding off the road. Then, an ambulance responding to the scene spun out of control on the top of the hill— on the Hebbville side— and came to rest in the ditch several metres away from the Altima. A second ambulance and supervisor unit were dispatched and advised to come a different route.

Soon, a Hebbville fire department pumper lumbered over the same hill, fishtailed and even slid down the hill sideways before regaining control and coming to a stop at the bottom.

“It pretty much went the whole way down sideways,” Hebbville Fire Chief Chris Kennedy said. “They were lucky.”

But not so lucky was a Transportation and Public Works snowplow that was called in later, when the scene was secure, to alleviate some of the slipperiness. The plow slid out of control and careened into the same south-side ditch as the other stranded vehicles, slamming its front end into the back end of the now-vacant Altima.

The heavy trucks were out-of-control enough that some on the scene dove for cover.


Earlier in the evening of February 15 part of the Mossman Road in West Northfield was closed because of icy conditions after emergency crews responded to a report of a car hanging over a cliff.

But somehow, there were no injuries. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be comedy.

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