It was a busy weekend for the Nelson fire department.

Minor injuries in Blewett crash

A man and woman walked away with only minor injuries after a crash Sunday evening in Blewett.

A man and woman walked away with only minor injuries after a crash Sunday evening in Blewett.

Firefighters got the call at about 6:50 p.m. that a vehicle had gone about 100 feet (33 m) down a bank off Blewett Road. Upon arrival, they discovered it was closer to 200 feet (66 m) down the bank.

The car careened over the bank and through heavy forest before stopping against  a large boulder and tree. The male driver and female passenger suffered only minor injuries.

Assistant fire chief Mike Daloise called it “a testament to seatbelt use and modern car design.”

The Blewett fire department also responded to help remove the pair. Paramedics and RCMP were able to access a driveway below the crash site and the two were removed to that location.

Police are still investigating the cause.

T-boned near the four-way

Less than three hours later, as crews were still cleaning up from the Blewett accident, they received another call about a vehicle being t-boned just up from the four-way stop on Baker Street toward the overpass.

When they arrived both patients were being assessed. However, it’s unknown whether there were any injuries. Fire crews helped with traffic control as the vehicles were blocking all four lanes.

“Fortunately there was not a lot of traffic,” Daloise said.

The two accidents were among 18 calls firefighters responded to over the weekend, including the robbery at Star Grocery in Rosemont, where they used large fans to ventilate pepper spray from the store.

They also responded to multiple fires, first responder calls, and by-law enforcement over the three days.

Campfire left unattended

On Friday, crews responded to an unattended campfire above L.V. Rogers Secondary.

“A large gathering had obviously been taking place and the fire had been left burning,” Daloise said.

He noted this was the second straight week that crews had to deal with a problem in that location. Notices were posted in the area advising that open fires could result in fines of up to $2,000.

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