Summer tires blamed for Monday MVIs

Triangle Mountain is Colwood's biggest problem area during snowstorm and it was a problem area during this week's winter weather.

Colwood Fire Rescue was kept busy during the height of a winter storm that settled over the municipality and wreak havoc on some of the city’s steepest roads.

Chief John Cassidy noted that the storm appeared to hit Colwood particularly hard in the mid- to late morning on Monday.

“It seemed to be a very concentrated snow cell that was sitting over Colwood,” he said.

Driving conditions were especially problematic on Triangle Mountain, where steep stretches of road made it nearly impossible for cars to get good traction without proper tires. “It was extremely hard hit and there were cars slipping and sliding. There were several cars in ditches,” Cassidy said.

The area was monitored closely by the department for potential incidents, but only one collision prompted an emergency response, that being a single vehicle collision on Fulton Road near Ravenwood Road.

“It’s a turn corner and it’s one of the steepest sections of that road,” Cassidy said.

“The (driver) was coming down the hill and lost traction because of the road conditions.”

The vast majority of incidents reported were due to motorists travelling on summer tires, he added. “I know it’s Greater Victoria … but when we get hit by storms like this it takes its toll.”

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