Sicamous RCMP were kept busy on Highway 1 over the weekend, responding to four collisions after winter hit the Shuswap.
With the first snowfall in the early hours of Friday, Dec. 1, police responded to a single-vehicle rollover near Yard Creek Loop Road at 8:30 a.m. The driver of a westbound pickup truck lost control and came to rest on its roof in the ditch, with no injuries reported in that incident, said Sgt. Murray McNeil in a media release.
The following day, Dec. 2, a driver called in to report as they were driving east on Hwy. 1 near Bernie Road, just outside of Sicamous, a pickup truck passed them at high speed in the slushy conditions. The truck then began to fishtail and hit the caller’s vehicle causing some damage as it passed. The driver of the truck did not stop.
Later that day, at 2 p.m., a westbound semi truck hauling a load of produce jackknifed while heading up the hill near Old Sicamous Road. The semi hit the concrete barrier and got high centred on it, and stuck in the ditch. Responding officers issued the driver a ticket for failing to maintain his lane of travel.
The final incident happened on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m., when a pickup truck headed west lost control and hit a ditch before rolling and coming to a stop. The driver received non-life threatening injuries that were treated at the scene.
“Drivers are cautioned to once again slow down for winter driving conditions,” said McNeil. “And to ensure they have appropriate snow tires for the winter road conditions encountered in our area.”
He stated that vehicles must be running mud and snow rated tires (M&S) or the mountain with snowflake emblem, and be in good condition.
“Worn tires which do not have adequate tread depth will be of no assistance to drivers regardless of their mud and snow designation,” he added.
Anyone who is uncertain if their tires are safe to drive are advised to check with a tire shop.