Accident south of Vernon sends four to hospital

VERNON - Police say a car crash just south of Vernon today was caused when a driver failed to yield while merging onto the highway.

RCMP Cpl. Spencer Hornoi says a truck was making a left hand turn off Birnie Road onto Highway 97 and collided with a southbound car shortly before noon, Oct. 19.

The driver and passenger of the car suffered broken bones, while the driver and passenger of the truck received only minor injuries, Hornoi says.

“All four people made their way to the hospital either by (ambulance) or on their own,” he says.

The driver of the truck was charged with failing to yield. Traffic was halted for about half an hour while the damaged vehicles were cleaned up, but was flowing normally by early afternoon.

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