The most dangerous intersections in the Interior
FILE PHOTO: A two vehicle crash between a blue Jeep and a Hyundai happened at 39 Avenue and Alexis Park Drive in Vernon at roughly 530 p.m. Dec. 3, 2014.
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March 01, 2017 - 6:30 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – All five of the Interior's most dangerous intersections are in Kelowna, according to the latest numbers released by the Insurance Corporation of B.C.
Data from 2015 — the most current year available — shows there were 115 crashes and 44 people injured where Dilworth Drive meets Harvey Avenue. That’s more than any two intersections from Kamloops and Vernon combined.
Surprisingly more people were injured at Harvey Avenue and Spall Road that year with 46 injuries recorded. Harvey and Spall also had the second most overall collisions in Kelowna and the entire Southern Interior in 2015.
The intersection of Bachelor Drive and 8 Street in Kamloops had 70 collisions, eight more than Columbia Street West and Summit Drive. However, fewer people were injured Columbia and Summit than the intersection at Bachelor and 8 Street.
Vernon’s 25 Avenue and 32 Street had 42 collisions in 2015, which also produced the most casualties at 17.
Main Street in Penticton had the most collisions in that city with 21. There were however, more injuries at three other locations. Eight people were injured at the intersection of Channel Parkway and Fairview Road, seven at Main Street and McDougall Avenue and six at Fairview Road and Duncan Avenue West.
ICBC spokesperson Sam Corea says 2016 numbers will not be available until possibly the end of this year.
“It’s a complex task to put everything together,” Corea says. “The data has to settle.”
Collisions in the province overall were way up in 2015 compared with the year before. There were 7,500 intersection collisions in the Southern Interior in 2014 but there were 9,200 in 2015.
The five year average is only 7,400.
For interactive crash maps of all B.C. cities visit the ICBC website.
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