Not everyone drove according to road conditions yesterday

Vernon rescue crews were at the scene of this incident yesterday, Feb. 9, 2017 after an SUV collided with a street light.
Image Credit: Vernon Fire and Rescue Services

VERNON - Concrete barriers and street lights were some of the things driver accidentally plowed into during yesterday's snowfall. 

Vernon Fire and Rescue Services were kept hopping on Thursday with four car crashes, the first around 10:30 a.m. and the last just after 4 p.m.

Fortunately, there were no major injuries, according to interim Vernon fire chief David Lind.

Of the crashes, two happened on Highway 97 about an hour apart from each other, around 10:35 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Car crash at Highway 97 and Birnie Road, Feb. 9, 2017.
Car crash at Highway 97 and Birnie Road, Feb. 9, 2017.
Image Credit: Vernon Fire and Rescue Services

Just after 3 p.m., crews were called out to 32 Street at 17 Avenue, followed by an incident at 32 Street and 43 Avenue just after 4 p.m.

One photo supplied by the fire department shows an SUV that plowed into a street light, knocking it to the ground, after it lost control.

Another photo shows a vehicle that crashed into the concrete meridian on Highway 97 at Birnie Road.

Both photos show a considerable amount of snow, and anyone who hit the roads yesterday would agree winter driving conditions were apparent. Yet, not everyone was slowing down and driving to conditions.

“Generally, what all the accidents have in common is we just need to adjust our driving to the conditions,” Lind says.

The fire department reports there were some minor injuries in yesterday’s crashes, but nothing major.

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