Few collisions in Abbotsford despite snow and ice

Police report that the roads were 'fairly quiet' on Sunday.

This was the scene on Wells Line Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford on Monday morning.

This was the scene on Wells Line Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford on Monday morning.

Despite heavy snow and icy roads in some areas, Abbotsford had only six collisions on Sunday and four up until noon on Monday.

Const. Ian MacDonald said police were surprised to see that there weren’t more incidents, but he speculated many drivers were choosing to stay off the roads.

He also said city crews had done a good job of keeping most of the roads clear.

MacDonald said one of the more serious crashes took place at 5:15 p.m. Sunday in the 29400 block of Fraser Highway, when a 2000 Kia went off the road and into a water-filled ditch.

The 25-year-old female driver and her two passengers suffered relatively minor injuries, MacDonald said.

Another crash of note took place at about 4:45 a.m. Monday when a 2004 Toyota Camry was involved in a roll-over on Highway 1 near the Sumas Way exit.

The 65-year-old male driver was the vehicle’s only occupant, and suffered minor injuries.

Cpl. Robert McDonald with RCMP Traffic Services said most of Sunday morning was “fairly quiet” along the freeway in Abbotsford, but there were a few minor collisions in the afternoon.

The stretch between Sumas Way and Whatcom Road saw a few incidents, but none was serious, McDonald said.

More snow is expected to fall today – in accumulations of five to 10 cm – but is forecast to change to rain late this afternoon or early this evening.

Environment Canada reports that some periods of freezing rain are possible over the Fraser Valley during the transition.

Meanwhile, portions of Abbotsford, such as Sumas Prairie, are experiencing blowing snow, and visibility is limited in those areas.