Where the most dangerous intersections in Kamloops, Okanagan are
Eight of Kelowna's ten most accident-prone intersections are on Harvey Avenue, but it's nine if you include William R. Bennett Bridge and one of them is among the worst in the province.
Those nine locations account for 657 of Kelowna's 8,642 crashes reported to ICBC in 2021.
ICBC's annual data report details where collisions happen across the province, and shows the intersection of Dilworth Drive and Harvey Avenue is the worst offender in the city.
The Crown insurance corporation's yearly data details collisions with injuries and those with only property damage. A disclaimer on the page adds that "mid-block" collisions are attributed to the nearest intersection.
With 113 crashes in 2021, an average of two crashes every week, it's the most accident-prone intersection in the Thompson-Okanagan. In Vancouver, it would rank as the fourth worst in the city, second in Richmond and surpasses all intersections on Vancouver Island.
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ICBC reports 469 crashes at that intersection in the last five years.
Closely behind are Harvey Avenue and Spall Road at 452 in the same time frame and Gordon Drive and Harvey Avenue at 362.
West Kelowna's Highway 97 intersections are nearly just as accident-prone as the east side of the lake, with its top ten worst intersections all along the highway.
From 2017 to 2021, the Boucherie Road and Highway 97 intersection accounted for 255 crashes. It's the most accident-prone intersection in West Kelowna.
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At 51 in 2021, the Westlake Road and Highway 97 intersection surpassed it last year with 52 reported collisions.
There were also 51 crashes on the western side of the Bennett Bridge last year and 190 in the last five years.
Kelowna's worst intersections rank well above those in other cities across the region.
Kamloops's worst offender is the intersection of 8 Street, Fortune Drive and Tranquille Road, where ICBC counted 58 crashes in 2021 and 251 in the last five years.
Next up is the intersection at Columbia Street West and Summit Drive, with 57 crashes in 2021 and 246 in the past five years.
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While Highway 97 runs directly through Kelowna, serving as a focal point for crashes, collisions in Kamloops are spread across different areas of the city.
ICBC data separates the cluster of intersections at Halston Road and 8 Street, but if combined, it's the most collision-prone area in Kamloops.
In 2021, ICBC recorded 87 crashes in the area, with 337 from 2017 to 2021.
Penticton's intersections are much safer than those in Kelowna and Kamloops. Its most accident-prone intersection in the past five years was at Channel Parkway and Fairview Road with 125, according to ICBC.
There were 21 crashes at that intersection in 2021.
All other intersections in Penticton had fewer than 100 crashes in the past five years.
In Vernon, the most accident-prone intersection is 32 Street and 43 Avenue with 200 crashes in five years and 52 last year.
Closely behind, the 25 Avenue and 32 Street intersection had 197 crashes in five years and 44 in 2021.
ICBC data on the most accident prone intersections can be found on its website here.
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