Gap Lake ice skating traffic along highway results in collisions and injuries

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People eager to get out ice skating on the perfect frozen lake conditions have been backing up traffic at Gap Lake and Grotto Pond, with vehicles parked along both sides of the two-lane Highway, after the parking lots fill up quickly.

As a result of the traffic a multi vehicle collision occurred on Highway 1A Westbound, just past the entrance to the Gap Lake Recreation Area Parking lot. Canmore RCMP, Canmore EMS, Exshaw Fire Services, and Alberta Parks Conservation responded in the early afternoon on Nov. 28.

According to a press release from Cpl. Sabrina Clayton an SUV heading west was proceeding up the Hill when the driver executed a U-Turn in the middle of the Highway in order to park on the opposite shoulder.

“As a result of the driver’s actions, another SUV had to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision. The Pick Up truck behind the secondary SUV was unfortunately not able to stop in time. This resulted in an unavoidable collision. Occupants of the secondary SUV were treated at the scene by EMS for Injuries.”

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Charges under the Traffic Safety Act were laid.

“Parking on area highways is prohibited under the Traffic Safety Act. There are a number of signs posted within that area, identifying either private property, no parking or no stopping however many vehicles were parked regardless of the signage and warnings given by police and Parks Officers.”

Police and Parks Officers said they were in the area earlier in the afternoon in response to vehicles parked, restricting the width and visibility for other users of the road.

“Additionally, pedestrians were seen exiting vehicles, unaware of the dangers as the many large trucks and other vehicles were passing by them at highway speeds. We are asking users to respect the rules of the road in order for all users to travel and recreate safely without fear of collision.”