Police issue warning after two car crashes in Castlegar
Photo courtesy Harold Chernoff.
Two people were taken to hospital and traffic had to be diverted off Columbia Avenue this afternoon after a collision saw a stretch of highway totally blocked.
Witnesses report seeing a young man in a white vehicle attempting to turn left onto Columbia Avenue in front of The Brick when he was sideswiped by another white car. The incident occurred at roughly 12:10 p.m.
“The first driver was trapped inside his car,” said RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff. “Fire crews responded, and had to cut the driver’s side door off and use the Jaws of Life to extricate him.
“Both drivers were taken by ambulance to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”
Traffic heading south from Castlegar to Trail was diverted through the Trowelex parking lot.
“It appears fog was a contributing factor in the collision.”
While trying to cope with the aftermath of this crash, emergency crews were dispatched to a second collision at 32nd Street and 5th Avenue, where a very similar situation was at work.
“A vehicle was turning left off of 32nd onto 5th, and was T-boned,” Postnikoff said. “There were no injuries, but it’s the same type of scenario.
“It’s very foggy, and raining; visibility is diminished,” she said. “Police are encouraging – and expecting – drivers to utilize functioning headlights.”