Hidden Rideau Canal cracks send 3 people to hospital
Blowing snow covers cracks along Canal skateway during busy day
A busy day on the Rideau Canal Saturday turned sour for three people who went to hospital after skating into cracks in the ice, which were hidden by the fresh snow.
Then a 41-year-old dislocated her shoulder after falling and she was treated for severe pain and taken to hospital by paramedics.
The third person taken to hospital was a 58-year-old man who fractured his left elbow. He was also treated at the Canal before paramedics took him to hospital.
The Canal was covered in snow due to heavy winds that repeatedly pushed snowfall on to the ice surface.
That meant not all cracks in the ice were visible to the naked eye.
The National Capital Commission said Sunday ice conditions ranged from poor to good across the Canal's 7.8 kilometres.
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