Icy Morning Leads to Multiple Accidents
Gillette Police Department (GPD) responded to six weather-related crashes yesterday morning, according to GPD Detective Sgt. Eric Dearcorn.
The first incident occurred just before 7 a.m. near the intersection of Warlow Drive and Gurley Avenue when a black Dodge slid into a light pole. The driver was uninjured, and no citations were issued.
A second single-vehicle crash was reported just before 7:30 a.m. at Boxelder Road and Overdale Drive when a 17-year-old male, driving a Chevy Trailblazer, hit a speed limit sign posted on the opposite side of the road. There were no injuries resulting from the incident, although the vehicle sustained minimal damage and the driver was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.
Another incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of West 4-J Road and Ridgecrest when a 16-year-old female was unable to stop at a stop sign and slid into the passenger side of a Jeep driven by a 36-year-old female. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts. No injuries were reported and no citations issued.
Around 8:30 a.m., a 27-year-old male driving a white Jeep slid into the bumper of a parked Honda Accord in the 1200 block of Green Avenue. There were no injuries, but the driver received a citation for driving too fast for conditions.
The next crash occurred around 8:45 a.m. at Forrest Road and Doud Drive when a 27-year-old male driving a black Dodge SUV slid into a stop sign and struck a blue Honda SUV driven by a 43-year-old female. Estimated damages to each vehicle were over $1,000. No injuries were reported, but the 27-year-old was cited for driving too fast for conditions, no insurance, and no child restraint.
The final weather-related accident reported involved a 31-year-old female, driving a red Chevy Tahoe, who attempted to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Gurley Avenue and 9th Street, but slid into a GMC Terrain driven by a 58-year-old male. The male reported minor back pain but denied EMS assistance. It is unknown if any citations were given, according to Dearcorn.
“If you’re going to be late, be late. Don’t try to make up time,” Dearcorn advised. “Most of the incidents are speed-related. Slow down, take your time, make sure you’re getting to where you’re going safely.”