A semi rollover happened five kilometres north of Ponoka at about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 1. It took many hours before the lanes were cleared. Photo submitted

A semi rollover happened five kilometres north of Ponoka at about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 1. It took many hours before the lanes were cleared. Photo submitted

Winter road conditions cause multiple accidents on QE2

Accidents cause heavy delays along Highway 2, just north of Ponoka

Wintry road conditions wreaked havoc on the QE2 over the weekend.

On Saturday a semi tractor hauling lumber rolled at about 8:30 a.m. ending up blocking the northbound lanes. Cleanup of the rollover took several hours.

Later, just before 11 a.m., a multi-vehicle collision in the same portion of the highway caused further issues in the southbound lanes. The severity of injuries was not known at press time.

Approximately 30-50 vehicles were in the ditch at this time due to the road conditions, state Ponoka RCMP.

Unofficial reports indicate there has been another collision involving motorists waiting for the traffic to clear.

Then on the Sunday there were further issues with vehicles in the ditch and super B tanker blocking highway lanes. Blackfalds RCMP at the time recommended motorists use other routes as the southbound lanes from Balckfalds to Gasoline Alley were at a standstill.

Accidents

Ponoka RCMP state that 12 accidents occurred from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

• Eight occurred on the QE2

• Two on Highway 2A

• One in Ponoka and one in Ponoka County

If you have information, please call the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.