Two days of snow, two dozen crashes in one Okanagan city

Watch out for slick roads around the Central Okanagan

Two days of snow, and nearly two dozen crashes.

Winter came late and it seems like it hit Central Okanagan motorists hard.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said that all those crashes were logged in just 31 hours, but he had no doubt that there were many other collisions that were not reported to police.

“The majority of the collisions resulted in minor property damages and involved single motor vehicles,” said O’Donaghey. “None of the crashes resulted in any serious injuries.”

There were a few multi vehicle crashes that occurred along the stretch of Highway 97 between Lake Country and Vernon, on Bridge Hill along Highway 97 headed into West Kelowna and along the highway near Elk Road in West Kelowna.

As many as two hit and run collisions reportedly took place where vehicle operators allegedly sideswiped another vehicle and failed to stop to exchange particulars.

“Of interest, a vehicle left stuck in the snow after it had careened off a busy city roadway was further damaged when a second vehicle left the roadway and collided with the un-occupied car,” he said.

It’s not unusual for crash numbers to spike this time of year.

ICBC data released Wednesday indicated that crashes are at an “all time high” in February, the month sees 340 casualty-involved crashes from drivers driving carelessly.

The Coquihalla has already been closed twice this week, and crashes have held up Highway 1 and Highway 3 in the Okanagan-Shuswap area.

READ MORE: Coquihalla reopens after ambulance rear-ended while paramedics help patients

READ MORE: Hay bales litter road as crash closes Hwy. 1

Treacherous road conditions were also reported yesterday due to the snowfall.


edit@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sign of spring: Salmon Arm’s steep Shoemaker Hill opens to traffic

Opening delayed by snow and freezing temperatures

20th anniversary of Shuswap’s Salty Dog Enduro postponed to 2021

Organizers follow direction from provincial/national bodies to cancel May event

West Kelowna man charged in relation to cannabis grow robbery in Sicamous

Two suspects remain at large; police believe they left the robbery scene in a white hatchback

Would-be visitors to Shuswap over the long weekend asked to stay home

Regional district follows provincial health officer’s lead in telling citizens to stay put this Easter

Warm temperatures bring welcome news for Salmon Arm residents who use public washrooms

City plans to open remaining washrooms, playgrounds to remain closed

VIDEO: B.C. singer creates frontline workers tribute song

Cambree Lovesy’s song saluting those battling COVID-19 draws interest online

COVID-19 death toll reaches 50 in B.C., while daily case count steadies

B.C. records 34 new cases in the province, bringing total active confirmed cases to 462

Not all receive COVID-19 aid from federal government

Summerland woman does not qualify for federal assistance during COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers to study whether plasma of recovered patients can treat COVID-19

Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood that contains the antibodies that protect against illness

Unemployment up, Kelowna loses 2,000 jobs in March: StatCan

March unemployment rate 5.9 per cent, highest in Kelowna since January 2018

Peachland residents living in lockdown in central Philippines

Kevin and Gracelyn Bennett have been in the Philippines since December

Kelowna toddler officially cancer-free

Elara Isagawa’s family is thanking the community for their support throughout her treatment

Law enforcement will patrol shuttered campgrounds in Cascades this weekend

Patrols will enforce provincial order requiring all such facilities remain closed during COVID-19

Most Read