Collision between van and fire truck one of many weekend crashes in the North Okanagan

This vehicle went into the ditch on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 near Swan Lake on Highway 97. It was one of many crashes that day.

VERNON - Snowy roads were the scene of numerous car crashes over the weekend, including one incident where a van hit a fire truck.

Police say a Dodge Caravan struck an Armstrong/Spallumcheen fire truck at the intersection of Smith Drive and Highway 97A on Sunday, Dec. 11, around 10:30 a.m. According to Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy, the van was travelling south on the highway and failed to yield at the lights as the fire engine was attempting to turn left from the northbound lane.

The occupants of the fire truck were not injured, but the 48-year-old driver of the van and his 14-year-old passenger, both from Salmon Arm, were taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

“This collision is still under investigation,” Noseworthy says.

Earlier in the day, police responded to a crash on Highway 97 at Highland Road, where a Toyota Corolla lost control, crossed the centre line and hit a southbound GMC Sierra pick-up.  The 44-year-old Salmon Arm woman driving the car, and the 51-year-old man driving the pickup and his 47-year-old passenger, both from Westside Road, were transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with injuries, Noseworthy says. 

On Saturday, Dec. 10, around 3:15 p.m., police were called to a multi-vehicle crash in the 1800 block of Highway 97A. The crash was set off when a southbound Dodge Ram lost control, crossed the centre line and struck a Dodge van and a Hyundai Elantra. The 53-year-old Enderby man driving the Dodge Ram and the 33-year-old Salmon Arm man driving the Elantra were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The 68-year-old man driivng the van and his 53-year-old passenger, both from Spallumcheen, were taken to hospital for treatment of serious, but not life-threatening injuries. An RCMP collision analyst was called to the scene, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police responded to 19 crashes on Dec. 11 alone and are reminding people to slow down and drive to conditions.

"Get to where you're going in one piece," Noseworthy says. 

— This story was updated at 11:50 a.m. Dec. 12, 2016 to add more information from the RCMP. 


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