The dangers of turning left

A car crash at Spall and Springfield Thursday morning sent a woman to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Image Credit: Julie Whittet

A Kelowna woman was taken to hospital this morning after crashing into another car in the intersection of Springfield and Spall.

The RCMP tell us she was trying to avoid a car that turned left in front of her.

She hit that vehicle and smashed into a pole.

Despite careening into the pole hard, she wasn’t badly hurt. The woman was taken by ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital as a precaution.

“She had her seat belt on and the air bag deployed. That’s what all the safety equipment is for,” Const. T.G. Monteith said at the scene of the crash.

Turning left is always a dangerous maneuver.

“Don’t turn left until it’s safe to do so,” Monteith said. “Once you’re in the intersection you can wait until it’s (the traffic light) red if you have to, to make sure it’s safe.”

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