Volume 94, Issue 94

Tuesday, March 20, 2001


Huron student dies in highway tragedy

Heartbreak in Halifax

CASA delegates meet with Ottawa

New board ready to take over

Snowy day tough on campus drivers


Corroded Disorder

Snowy day tough on campus drivers

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

The University Police Department was forced to deal with a rash of car accidents this past weekend, attributed to the St. Patrick's Day snow squalls.

On Saturday afternoon, three accidents took place on campus in the span of a half an hour, said Const. Wendy McGowan of the UPD.

The first two accidents took place near Lambton Hall and resulted in minor property damage. The third accident, which involved a car and a bus, was more serious and resulted in minor injuries, she said.

The collision took place near the John Labatt Visual Arts building and one person was transported to hospital via ambulance with minor injuries, she said, adding the snow and foul weather made driving on campus hectic.

"The additional people coming to campus for [Western's annual] open house did create some traffic problems," she said.

Last week also saw a number of suspicious sightings.

On Mar. 14 at 7:12 p.m., the UPD received a report of a male bothering females in the Allyn and Betty Taylor Library, McGowan said. Police officers responded and asked the male to cease his behaviour.

Another suspicious male was spotted on the second floor of the Physics and Astronomy building. The individual was reported to be a 40-year-old caucasian male. Police responded, but could not locate the male.

At Huron University College, a suspicious vehicle was seen at various times, driving around the rear of the school. Police did acquire a license plate number and are attempting to track down the vehicle, McGowan said.

On Mar. 15 at Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence at 1:58 a.m., a firehose was unrolled and cut. Police are still seeking information on this incident, she said.

In other news, a vehicle parked on University Drive had its window smashed on Mar. 16, and on Mar. 17 a group of males were spotted dragging a bike rack onto Oxford Drive. Police arrived on the scene to remove the rack but could not locate the group involved.

McGowan said police were happy the incident was reported. "Unless it had been reported, it could have been quite the hazard," she said.

If anyone has any information on the above incidents, they can contact UPD at 661-3300 or call their local Crime Stoppers' branch.

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