3 die in Maritime storm crashes

A snowstorm that hit the Maritimes on Friday night led to dangerous road conditions that were a factor in three deaths.

Bad weather a factor in fatal accidents in N.B., P.E.I.

A snowstorm that hit the Maritimes on Friday led to dangerous road conditions, which played a role in three traffic deaths, police say.

RCMP cited bad driving conditions in the death Friday afternoon of a 20-year-old man from Fortune Cove, P.E.I. He was a passenger in a car that skidded across the highway and was hit by a van travelling in the opposite direction.

The man, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people were taken to hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

At about 11 p.m. Friday in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B., a 23-year-old driver was killed when his Honda Civic and a pickup truck collided. The Paquetville man has not been named. The three other people in the car were treated for minor injuries, and the occupants of the truck were not hurt.

RCMP said road conditions were treacherous at the time.

At 2 a.m. Saturday, a pickup truck collided with a snowmobile near Saint-Isodore, N.B., killing the 37-year-old snowmobiler. The man had gotten off his snowmobile near a road when the truck hit. Road conditions were also thought to be a factor in that crash, RCMP said.

Reconnecting power lines

By Saturday, most of the Maritimes were bathed in sunlight, but weather warnings remained in place for parts of New Brunswick and P.E.I.

Environment Canada issued wind warnings for New Brunswick's Acadian Peninsula, predicting wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour Saturday. It issued the same warning for Prince County on P.E.I.

A tree fell on a power line in Tracadie, N.B., on Saturday morning, causing outages for 600 customers. Most of the power was back on by Saturday afternoon.

About 780 homes on Nova Scotia's south shore lost power, but Nova Scotia Power showed no outages remaining as of Saturday afternoon.