Accidents prompt road caution

Accidents throughout region have RCMP again warning motorists that road conditions are changing

Two accidents Sunday night, and 11 more Monday throughout the region, have Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP again warning motorists that road conditions are changing.

One accident Sunday was on a highway, the other on a rural road.

The 11 accidents Monday were recorded on both highway and city roadways, including a Chevy Malibu ending up in Monte Lake off Highway 97.

That accident happened at 1:45 p.m. Monday with no injuries and the vehicle ending up on its tires in about two-to-three feet of water.

“I would strongly suggest our driving public start to slow down and pay attention because with the weather starting to cool down, we’re going to get black ice and slippery conditions,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a single-vehicle accident on Highway 97 just west of Westwold.

A 53-year-old Kamloops woman was westbound on the highway when she lost control of her vehicle on an icy road, went off-road left and the vehicle rolled at least once down an embankment. Her 21-year-old daughter was a front-seat passenger, and both women were taken to hospital by ambulance for whiplash-type injuries.

Four hours later, at around 10:15 p.m., officers were called to the 6200 block of Rimer Road for a report of a single-vehicle collision, though BX Swan Lake volunteer firefighters and emergency health services were already on scene.

The driver, a 74-year-old Vernon man, was being extricated from the vehicle. He received lacerations on his face.

“The driver said he hit a slippery patch on the road and hit the brakes,” said Molendyk.

The truck swerved and went off-road left, where it rolled once.