Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to two minor vehicle crashes in the span of five minutes on Friday, May 20, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to two minor vehicle crashes in the span of five minutes on Friday, May 20, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Driving safety urged over long weekend after pair of crashes in Vernon

The two crashes occurred in the span of five minutes on opposite sides of the city

Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) is urging drivers to take extra care over the long weekend, following a pair of crashes that took place less than five minutes apart on Friday.

The first crash occurred in the intersection of Middleton Way and Highway 6 around 12:10 p.m. May 20. The drivers involved in the two-vehicle crash were checked out by BC Ambulance Service but no one was taken to hospital. Traffic flow in the area was disrupted for roughly 30 minutes.

Four minutes after the first call, VFRS responded to another two-car collision on the opposite side of town, in the 2700 block of 48th Avenue. Paramedics attended to the drivers but no one was transported to hospital, and traffic was again cleared up after about 30 minutes.

Drivers are advised to take extra care as summer approaches and especially over the long weekend, when more traffic is on the roads.

“(VFRS) is urging drivers to slow down, take extra time to arrive at their destinations, and approach intersections with care,” said city communications officer Josh Winquist.

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Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
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