Slippery roads and collisions lead to power outages for parts of Winnipeg
A taxi cab hit a hydro pole on Dakota Street.
Published Friday, November 9, 2012 7:12AM CST
Last Updated Friday, November 9, 2012 11:17AM CST
Slick streets poised problems in Winnipeg Friday morning, causing at least two crashes which triggered power outages to homes and traffic lights.
A taxi knocked down a traffic light at the intersection of Dakota Street and Bishop Grandin Boulevard at around 4 a.m.
At least one person was taken to hospital. The extent of their injuries is not yet known.
Meanwhile, around the same time on Panet Road at Mission Street, Manitoba Hydro said a semi truck jack-knifed and took out one of their poles. The semi hit the ditch, along with two other vehicles.
Power was knocked out to about 1,700 customers, but crews were able to reroute the lines and have restored power to all but 10.
Traffic in the area will be obstructed until repairs are complete.
Police have also received several reports of traffic lights being out in St. Boniface, St. Vital, Archibald, Fermor, St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s areas, which Manitoba Hydro said were related to the Panet crash.
Police said slick roads in that area may have caused the semi and the other two vehicles to hit the ditch, but they said it doesn’t appear anyone was hurt.
CAA Manitoba is reminding motorists slow down and adjust their driving habits as the first major snowfall of the year is on its way. Southern Manitoba, including Winnipeg, is expecting 20 to 30 cm of snow overnight.
Sanding trucks are on the streets Friday morning.