Emergency crews respond to an accident at the controversial Stickle Road and Highway 97 Thursday morning.

Emergency crews respond to an accident at the controversial Stickle Road and Highway 97 Thursday morning.

Accident at controversial Stickle Road intersection

Emergency crews responded to an accident at a controversial Vernon intersection Thursday morning.

Stickle Road is being made famous, again.

Emergency crews responded to an accident at the controversial Vernon intersection Thursday morning.

A trailer was flipped on its side as it was trying to leave the campground, heading north onto Highway 97.

“I was right behind it,” said nearby resident George Zimmerman. “A trailer from Alberta was trying to make a left turn to home and a half-ton smacked it right on its side.”

All occupants, of both vehicles, managed to walk away from the accident, according to Zimmerman.

But this incident, he says, is just another reminder that some interim measures need to be taken at the dangerous intersection.

“Right now if they’re not going to do anything, they should at least bring the speed limit down,” said Zimmerman, who suggests lowering the speed to 70 km/hr.

Despite public outcry for a light at the intersection, the ministry is planning a ban on left-turns from Stickle Road on to the highway and a one-way extension of 20th Street into Vernon on the east side of Stickle Road.

Zimmerman has long been fighting for safety improvements to the intersection, following years of watching the accidents and near-misses.

“I never even make a left turn there, I’ll go down to McDonald’s and turn around there if I have to go to Armstrong or anything.”

BX-Swan Lake firefighters, RCMP and Highways crews were on scene at Thursday’s accident.

This is the second crash in the past month at the site – a two-vehicle MVI Sept. 30 sent one person to hospital.