Two vehicle crashes in as many days in Rossland prompt police warning about winter road conditions
On Feb. 17, at 15:18 p.m., Frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP and Integrated Road Safety Unit officers responded to a report of a single motor vehicle roll over near the intersection of Murphy Creek Forest Service Road and Hwy 3B in Rossland.
Police say a 62-year-old West Kelowna woman was driving a 2021 Ford Ranger with one passenger when she lost control of the truck around a corner on the ice-covered highway. The truck slides off the highway into a snowbank, then rolled over onto its roof.
“An officer noted the truck was not equipped with winter tires, and believed this was a factor leading to the crash,” said RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich. “Speed and impairment were not believed to be factors at the time of the incident.
Wicentowich said the passenger, a 63-year-old West Kelowna man, suffered minor injuries and received medical treatment at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.
The following day, on Feb. 18, at 12:15 a.m., RCMP officers responded to a report of a single motor vehicle roll over in the 5000 block of Hwy 3B in Rossland.
A 26-year-old Vancouver man was driving a 2007 Toyota Tacoma with three passengers when he lost control of the truck around a corner on the ice cover highway. The truck slid off the highway into a snowbank, then rolled over onto its roof. Officers noted the truck was equipped with good winter tires, and did not believe that speed or impairment were factors leading to the crash. All four occupants escaped uninjured.
Trail RCMP reminds the public that we are still in the midst of winter driving conditions. Please drive according to conditions, have good winter tires, and watch out for snow and ice on the roadway, said Sgt. Wicentowich