Back-to-back car crashes keep cops on call
Highway 3 was the scene of three car accidents within the space of 15 minutes on Feb. 21, according to lcoal police.
RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew said that, at just after 8 p.m., police were called to an accident just west of Castlegar, On their way there, they came across a 26-foot commercial truck that had swerved to avoid a deer, striking the cement barrier first in front, then the back of the truck swung around and hit the barrier, too.
“The 58-year-old driver of the truck was transported to hospital by ambulance, as he was suffering back pain,” she said. “His injuries are not life-threatening.”
Police continued on to respond to the original call, finding two vehicles in the ditch.
“The first vehicle, driven by a 35-year-old woman, struck a slippery section on the road and lost control,” Mathew explained. “The vehicle rolled and came to rest in the ditch. (The driver) and her two children, ages 13 and 11, were transported to hospital by ambulance …suffering serious bruising but no major injuries.”
A second vehicle had been travelling behind the first, and in trying to avoid the vehicle in front when it lost control, swerved and slid into the ditch. The driver of this vehicle suffered no injury and no damage to her car.
Mathew said all of the drivers and passengers involved were wearing seatbelts, and neither speed nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the accidents.
“Road crews were called out and sanded the highway that night,” she said.