BORDEN-CARLETON – Even after the collision scene had been cleared the ordeal was far from over for families involved in a nine-car pileup near the Confederation Bridge yesterday morning.
Individuals involved in the wreck were hosted at the Borden-Carleton Fire Department in the aftermath, while weather conditions continued to create zero visibility conditions in the area.
“The bridge is still closed. RCMP is telling everybody to stay off the road and they (the families) don’t have any vehicles to drive, they’re all from off-Island,” said fire chief Paul Murphy yesterday.
Wilson’s Gas Station in Borden was also reportedly filled with people stuck in the storm, while the Carleton Hotel was also full.
Murphy said some of the individuals involved in the collision, many who were families and hockey players involved in the North River Sweetheart Tournament over the weekend, managed to book rooms in a Bedeque motel.
He said the department planned to transport those individuals when the weather cleared up.
“We could be here for quite some time,” he said. “There’s no sense of risking anyone’s lives to try and get them out on the highway. We’re just going to try and keep everybody comfortable here.”
Firefighters provided the families with coffee and donuts, while some locals also made sandwiches.
The multiple vehicle pile-up occurred just after the Confederation Bridge shut down at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
There were no serious injuries in the collision, although police initially had a hard time reaching the scene.
Deteriorating conditions and near-zero visibility caused the pile-up, which led to at least five cars being effectively written off.
Island EMS also responded to the collision along with members of Prince District RCMP.
"Dept. of Transportation via the RCMP is requesting people to stay off the roads as there are extremely poor driving conditions due to the overnight storm," said a statement issued from the L-division headquarters at 6:30 a.m. yesterday.
"Plows are having difficulties and they would like to advise that it will take longer than anticipated to tend to the secondary roads," say police.
"If you absolutely need to go out on the road this morning please drive with extreme care," said the statement.