Injuries result after car strikes snow plow

A father and son were injured on Highway 97, near Swan Lake, Sunday morning when the Honda Civic the father was driving collided with the rear of a snow plow.

Vernon RCMP were called to the scene at around 10:30 a.m.

“It appears the driver of the Civic attempted to pass the plow truck in very snowy, icy conditions, and ran into the rear of the truck,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. 

The driver, 36, and his son, 10, were taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital to be checked out. Neither showed any visible injuries but both were complaining of whiplash-like injuries.

The car was damaged and the driver was issued a ticket for driving too fast for road conditions.

That accident was one of 20 RCMP officers had to contend with over the weekend throughout the North Okanagan.

“That number seems higher than usual,” said Molendyk.

Police were also kept very busy trying to keep the area roadways safe.

Over the past week, police issued one 12-hour suspension to a driver under restrictions, and four 24-hour driving prohibitions.

There were two three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRPs) issued along with six 90-day IRPs. Four drivers were booked for impaired driving and three vehicles were impounded, including two for drivers driving while disqualified.