Big White fire chief says slow down

After near head-on accident sent three to hospital Saturday morning, chief says speed and bad tires usually the cause

A screen capture of a web cam overnight Saturday at Big White.

A screen capture of a web cam overnight Saturday at Big White.

Fans of Big White’s powder need to slow down in order to get to the hill safe.

That was the word from Big White Fire Chief Jamie Svendsen on Saturday, hours after his crews, along with other emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle accident Saturday morning.

“Eighty per cent of the accidents we respond to on that road are caused by speed and bad tires,” he said. “People are not slowing down and taking their time. People are passing others. It’s ridiculous sometimes.”

With a 70 per cent chance of precipiation overnight and temperatures falling to -1, conditions on area roads could cause problems, especially on the roads at higher elevations.

Freezing rain overnight Friday turned the Big White Road into an icy stretch that led to the accident, said Svendsen.

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