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Female driver escapes serious injury following single-vehicle accident near South Slocan

The damaged vehicle remains on its side Tuesday afternoon following the single-vehicle accident. — The Nelson Daily photo

A female driver escaped serious injury Tuesday morning when the vehicle she was driving left the road before colliding with a power pole RCMP said in an emailed statement.

The accident, on Highway 3A/6 near Sentinel Road, happened at approximately in the late morning when a Honda make vehicle left the road and hit a telephone pole. The collision shattered the pole, bringing down telephone lines. Sentinel Road approximately one kilometer east of the Highway 3A/6 junction.

Jaws of life were needed to cut off the roof to deal with the injured female occupant. The woman was transported by Emergency Health Services to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic was backed up for some time before the highway was re-opened to single lane traffic. Flaggers remained on scene into the afternoon before crews dealt with the downed lines.

Telephone company workers survey the accident scene Tuesday afternoon near Sentinel Road. — The Nelson Daily photo