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Ootischenia MVA prompts RCMP to contact MoT for safer alternatives

Photo courtesy Ootischenia Fire Department

Ootischenia Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle vehicle MVI involving a car and a pick-up truck at the intersection of Hwy 3 and Columbia Road at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning according to Ootischenia firefighter Mike Pereversoff, who was first on scene.

"The driver of the car was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the driver of the pick-up was assessed by BC Ambulance Services and released at the scene. While there was no extrication required, Castlegar Fire Department was called for mutual aid to assist with traffic control in the intersection due to safety concerns for the highway...,"  Pereversoff said, adding crews were on scene until approximately 12:30 p.m.

Castlegar RCMP top cop Sgt. Darren Oelke said the crash occurred when a Honda was headed down the Hill on Hwy 3, and a Dodge one-ton truck pulled out in front of it from Columbia Road.

“The truck knocked over a light standard, which made contact with overhead lines,” Oelke said. “So it was quite the schmozzle for a time.”

The driver of the truck was issued a violation ticket.

Oelke said this is hardly the first such incident at this intersection, which has prompted police to approach the Ministry of Transportation for solutions to a growing problem.

“There have been other recent issues at that intersection, and we are in discussion with MoT to try to find a way it safer.”