Police and firefighters were hopping Monday before clocking out for lunch, as a call came in for an accident near the entrance of Shavers Bench and another for a semi leaking fuel in Rossland at approximately 11 a.m.
“We had two incidents where we weren’t sure which one we were going to have to deal with first,” said regional fire chief Terry Martin. “But as it turned out, they turned out to be fairly quick resolves.”
A driver traveling eastbound on Highway 3B had “mechanical issues,” struck another vehicle and then veered off the road and into a tree at the 2,200 block of 8th avenue.
Meanwhile, up the hill, a semi driver pulling two trailers of fertilizer turned at “wedding cake corner” or the sharp corner at the entrance to the city and swerved off the road to stop another tragedy from happening.
“The driver said a truck full of young people past him on a double line and the truck driver had to turn sharply to the right, which caused his unit to go into the ditch,” explained Martin. “If he didn’t pull it hard to the right and give room for that truck, they would have apparently hit another vehicle, which was coming down the hill.”
The driver then tried to get his trailer out of the ditch and in the meantime ripped a hole in his fuel tank. A local contractor towed the semi out of the ditch, fuel was drained from the tank and the semi was towed to the weigh scale near the Rossland museum.
There were no injuries in both circumstances.