Yellowhead County and the Yellowhead County Fire Department are reminding drivers to slow down and move over to give emergency crews room to work on the roads, after a scary near-miss incident this week involving firefighters.
On Sunday, November 18th, Yellowhead County fire crews responded to an early-morning multi-vehicle collision on an icy stretch of Highway 16.
Their fire vehicle was pulled over behind the crash with lights flashing while crews worked to put out vehicle fires when the fire truck was struck from behind by a passing vehicle.
Fortunately, crew members were far enough away from the truck that no one was injured.
“An incident like this can happen in a split-second, that’s why it’s important for drivers to consider how they are driving, and if it’s appropriate to the conditions,” commented YCFD Chief Albert Bahri. “Ultimately we want to stress to all drivers: Drive to arrive.”
It is law in Alberta to slow down to 60 km/hr when passing emergency vehicles on roads and highways.