THUNDER BAY – Changing road conditions impacted Thunder Bay streets this morning. Superior North Emergency Medical Service (SNEMS) paramedic resources were pushed to the maximum on the morning of 11 October as they responded to numerous motor vehicle collisions (MVC’s) in the Thunder Bay area.
As of 10AM paramedics had responded to 7 MVC’s in the Thunder Bay area. 6 patients were treated and transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Numerous other patients were treated and released at the scenes. None of the injuries were considered to be life threatening.
“At one point all 8 paramedics units in the city, as well as the two Conmee and Shuniah paramedic units were responding to emergency calls in the City,” said Deputy Chief Don Stokes. We saw a 10 minute window when no paramedics units were available to respond to incoming 9-1-1 calls in the city; but fortunately no other 9-1-1 calls were received during that time frame.”
Deputy Chief Stokes reminds drivers that changing weather conditions now taking place has an adverse effect on our roads and drivers should compensate. “It’s important to plan on taking a little more extra time when driving during the fall and winter months as road conditions can change quickly” says Stokes. “Also the wearing of seatbelts can make the difference between having serious and life threatening injuries should you be involved in a collision.”