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Wintry crashes keep Grand Forks Mounties busy

Grand Forks RCMP say wintry weather has kept them busy over the past week, as they responded to crashes where it played a factor.

Last week, they attended a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 3 near Whitehall Road.

A Ford Focus making a turn on a snow-covered road lost control and rolled onto its side before coming to rest on its tires. The driver and passenger were uninjured.

The following day, officers responded to a report of a Doge Caravan down a bank at the pullout off Highway 3 near the Highway 395 turnoff. No one was found at the scene but footprints suggested someone had walked away.

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Officers followed up with the owner, who provided details of the accident and confirmed that he was unhurt.

Then early Saturday, officers responded to a report of a semi-trailer that struck a deer on Highway 3 at the bottom of Spencer Hill. The crash resulted in an airline break to the vehicle, which remained there until it was towed away a few hours later.

“Winter is clearly here and we ask motorists to ensure their vehicles are ready for the season,” said Sgt. Darryl Peppler in a news release. “And while having a vehicle equipped with snow tries is great, there is no substitution for simply slowing down and driving cautiously.”

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