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iN VIDEO: Driver spotted going wrong way on Trans-Canada in Shuswap

A screenshot from dash cam video shows a car going the wrong way on Highway 1 in the Shuswap, Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Joshua Farley
March 31, 2021 - 3:30 PM

Amazingly no one was hurt after a car drove several kilometres on the wrong side of the road on Highway 1 in the Shuswap yesterday morning.

Vernon resident Joshua Farley posted a video of the vehicle driving in the wrong direction at roughly 90 km/h in the outside lane of Highway 1 between Blind Bay and Tappen.

Farley's video posted to social media, shows a grey Pontiac sedan driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Farley says on his Facebook post that he call the RCMP and drove with his lights flashing while honking at oncoming traffic to warn them of the approaching vehicle.

Salmon Arm RCMP Sgt. Scott West told police received multiple reports about the vehicle at around 11 a.m. March 30.

West said the RCMP didn't catch up with the driver who realized the mistake and exited the highway before police arrived.

Sgt. West said there are no exits on that section of the divided highway.

Farley said the grey Pontiac drove from the Balmoral Store in Blind Bay to Carlin School near Tappen, a distance of roughly four kilometres.

West said if anyone ever finds themselves entering a highway using the wrong lane, drivers should reverse and go back to where they started.

"Which should be done slowly and safely rather than continuing to the next exit going the wrong way in the fast lane which is very dangerous," Sgt. West said in an email.

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