A merge lane in whiteout conditions was the scene of a chain-reaction accident Friday, creating a six-car pileup in Stratford.
Stratford RCMP responded just after 1 p.m.. In blowing snow and biting cold, it determined the accident began with a car leaving the Bunbury merge lane, heading west into Charlottetown, colliding with another vehicle also heading west into Charlottetown.
“Both drivers stopped and exited their vehicles to exchange information when another merging vehicle slid into those two vehicles,” said a report from the RCMP. “A fourth vehicle then slid into the collision. At that point, another vehicle stopped to assist.”
A male driver in this fifth vehicle got out to try and help, but was then struck by a sixth vehicle.
“Island EMS transported the male to the QEH where he was treated for a leg injury and released,” said RCMP.
Traffic was reduced by one lane during the investigation.
“RCMP is reminding motorists that if they are involved in a collision during whiteout conditions, to pull their vehicles to a safe location prior to exchanging driver and vehicle information with others involved,” said Sergeant Andrew Blackadar, spokesman for the RCMP on P.E.I. “If your vehicle is inoperable after a collision in whiteout conditions, remain inside your vehicle and call 911.
“Unless absolutely necessary, do not exit your vehicle until first responders arrive and make the scene safe,” said Blackadar.