A broken leg was the most serious injury in three separate North Okanagan accidents in a 12-hour span from Thursday evening to Friday morning.
Shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, a Toyota Tacoma was turning left onto Kal Lake Road from The Shops at Polson Park when the driver turned into the path of a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle.
The impact threw the motorcyclist from the bike and the 36-year-old Vernon rider suffered a broken leg. He was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for treatment.
The driver of the Tacoma, a 64-year-old Vernon man, was ticketed for failing to yield to the bike.
The motorcyclist also received a ticket for not having a driver’s license.
The truck suffered about $3,000 in damage, while there was approximately $2,000 in damage to the bike.
At around the same time, on Highway 97 one kilometre north of the Westside Road turnoff, police were called to a report of a collision between a semi registered out of Penticton and a van.
Upon arrival, officers found the 2013 Peterbilt pulled over to the shoulder, still in contact with a 2012 Ford Van.
The investigation revealed the driver of the van, a 71-year-old Kamloops woman, pulled out to pass the truck on a double-solid line. To avoid oncoming southbound traffic, the woman tried to pull in front of the semi, but the van hit the front driver’s side wheel and bumper of the semi.
The woman lost control of the van and the truck plowed into the passenger side of the van.
The driver of the van was ticketed for passing on a double-solid line. She was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with a hip injury.
The 62-year-old male driver of the Peterbilt, from Edmonton, was not injured.
Shortly before 6 a.m. Friday, police were called to a report of a head-on crash at the intersection of 32nd Street and 32nd Avenue.
Police report a 2011 Mazda containing a Calgary family of five, including three children, was northbound on 32nd Street when it crossed the centre line.
A southbound Dodge, driven by a 29-year-old Kelowna man with one passenger, was in the left-hand lane and tried to maneuver around the Mazda but could not.
Charges are being considered against the Mazda’s driver, a 31-year-old man from Calgary, as the accident remains under investigation.
The driver of the truck suffered a chipped tooth.
The Mazda was totaled in the accident, and there was minor damage to the truck.