A Twitter user tweeted this photo of double jack knifed semis on QEII, south of Red Deer Saturday. Photo via Lauren Gilbert/Twitter

Red Deer tow truck company receives too many calls in weekend storm

Multiple collisions reported in Alberta over the weekend

Alberta roads were a pile of mess this weekend due to the spring snowstorm.

A towing company owner in Red Deer, described QEII as “crazy” with some people driving at 130 km/hr Saturday.

The Red Deer owner of Tagg’s Extreme, who goes by Big G, said he helped about five vehicles south of Red Deer, near Antler Hill area, on QEII, between 10 and 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Four southbound and one northbound, about halfway up the hill,” he said.

While the tow truck company owner was helping smaller cars, he passed several semi-trailers jack knifed on the highway.

“I had about 15 calls and I was only able to handle first five, because it took four hours to do that.”

At one point, one semi-trailer that had been jack knifed in the centre lane had blocked all three lanes on the QEII, the Red Deer business owner said, “and the traffic was completely backed up from Antler Hill (area) to Innisfail.”

Two jack knifed semis were reported about 16 km south of Red Deer at Antler Hill on QEII, according to 511 Alberta, Saturday morning.

Big G could not help the bigger vehicles because he doesn’t have a big enough truck to do that.

After around 1 p.m., the business owner stopped answering his phone, as he heard the RCMP were out and about, and there was a ban on towing. Altogether, Big G received more than 20 tow-related calls Saturday.

He noticed some drivers had switched to summer tires, which is a big no-no in his books, given this is Alberta.

“I had truckers blowing by me, they were in speed lanes and hitting me with the slush,” adding some drivers were doing 130 km/hr.

Traffic on Highway 16 west of Edmonton and QEII around Red Deer experienced delays due to heavy snowfall, poor visibility and multiple vehicles in the ditch, Saturday around noon, according to 511 Alberta.

RCMP in Alberta were out and about Saturday and continued to respond to collisions near Cochrane and Strathmore Sunday.

“Icy road conditions are being reported,” RCMP said in a news statement, advising motorists to drive to road conditions, slow down and respect emergency crews and maintanance vehicles on the roads.

Police reported multiple collisions in southern Alberta area including Beiseker, Cochrane, Airdrie and surrounding areas Saturday evening.

Zero visibility and blowing snow was reported on multiple highways including Highway 2 corridors.

Cochrane RCMP responded to a report of a roll over on Highway 1 east of Highway 22 Saturday. The bus with 15 occupants was heading eastbound on Highway 1 when it collided into a ditch and rolled. Several occupants were transported to hospital with minor to serious non-life threatening injuries.

Gleichen RCMP reported several semi-tractors jack knifed on Highway 1 at Range Road 205, which blocked westbound traffic late Saturday. Two other semi-tractors were blocking traffic on Highway 1 and 842.

Chestermere RCMP reported about 30 semi-tractors pulled to the side of the road late Saturday, after two semi-tractors jack knifed blocking the road in the fast lane on Highway 1 through Chestermere.

RCMP advised Albertans to avoid travel in southern Alberta Saturday.

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