WATCH: Truck rolls on highway

RCMP offer a how-to guide on reporting collisions just in time for the big snowstorm

There’s nothing like a winter storm for some white-knuckle driving.

Steady snowfall covered already-slick roads on Wednesday leading to a number of collisions.

A tanker truck rolled around noon on Hwy 2 coming to rest next to the northbound lanes in the 19th Street area. A pair of heavy-duty tow trucks were called in and it took several hours to get the damaged truck back on its wheels. There was no word on injuries.

Given the conditions and the likely jump in collisions, RCMP are reminding drivers to slow down, drive for the conditions and make sure your tires are up to the job.

Police also offer some advice on how to report collisions and when the police should be contacted.

If there is a serious injury or fatality, or if drugs or alcohol are involved, call 911. If any involved vehicle is not drivable, or if any driver fails to produce registration or insurance, call the RCMP 24-hour complaint line at 403-343-5575.

“If the vehicles are drivable and the above factors don’t apply, you don’t need police at the scene,” says RCMP.

Do you need to report a collision to police after the fact?

You must make a police report after the collision if there is any injury, even a minor one, or if there appears to be $2,000 or more in damage. If you are not sure, get an estimate first.

Exchange information with the other driver. You need to get registration, insurance and driver’s licence information from the other driver(s). If you have a cellphone, take photographs of that information.

“Make sure to also take pictures of the damage to all involved vehicles and the collision location.”

Report the collision in person at the downtown detachment at 4602 51 Ave. or the north detachment at 6592 58 Ave.

You will need to provide the registration, insurance and driver’s licence information you exchanged with the other driver, damage to involved vehicles and the collision location. You will need to fill out a collision report.

If you are the victim of a hit and run, report it to the police. If you have already moved your vehicle, go to the detachment to report the hit and run. If you see the other vehicle, record its make, model, and licence plate number. Even partial licence plates may be useful.

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A tanker truck rolled on Hwy 2 near 19th Street around noon on Wednesday. Tow truck crews spent several hours getting the truck back on its wheels. RCMP are warning drivers to be careful as conditions are expected to worsen. See video online. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff

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