Car collides with transit bus in Lake Country

A collision between a vehicle and transit bus is serving as a reminder for motorists to take safety precautions on slippery roads.

Lake Country RCMP attended to an accident involving a Ford Taurus and city transit bus on Highway 97, near Crystal Waters Road, Wednesday shortly before 1 p.m.

“The roads were wet, slushy and covered with a layer of snow at the time of the collision,” said Cpl. Tania Carroll, with the Kelowna RCMP. “The Taurus was attempting to overtake the bus northbound in a curve, when it was observed swerving, losing control before striking the side of the bus.”

After colliding with the bus, the vehicle crossed over the meridian and landed in the southbound facing ditch.

“Thankfully there wasn’t a vehicle traveling southbound when the Taurus crossed those lanes of traffic,” said Carroll.

There was minor damage to the bus and none of the 20 to 28 passengers and driver of the bus were injured.

The Jaws of Life were used to extract a female passenger from the Taurus. The 80-year-old woman sustained some injuries and was taken by ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital. The  60-year-old male driver had minor injuries as well. The vehicle is a complete writeoff.

“Neither occupant of the Taurus were wearing their seatbelts, and the tires on the vehicle were all seasons and in poor condition,” said Carroll.

“This is another example of motorists not driving to the current weather conditions and to the conditions of the road as well as not having their vehicle equipped with the necessary tires.

“Both occupants are very lucky their injuries were not significantly more serious.”


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