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Tow truck driver almost hit by car while helping another driver in Vernon

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December 21, 2017 - 10:19 AM

VERNON - A Vernon tow truck driver narrowly missed being hit by a vehicle that rear-ended his truck while he was changing a flat tire yesterday, police say.

Vernon RCMP received a report yesterday, Dec. 20, at around 5:30 p.m. about a collision on Highway 97 and Bailey Road between a tow truck and a grey Toyota Rav 4, RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a media release.

The tow truck driver was tending to a flat tire on a blue Ford Focus on Highway 97 with three passengers inside. While the tow truck driver was changing the flat tire, the Toyota Rav 4 came upon the truck, which had its emergency lights activated, and was unable to react in time, causing the vehicle to slide into the rear end of the tow truck, Brett says. This created a chain reaction with the tow truck hitting the Ford Focus from behind. There were two occupants in the Toyota Rav 4 at the time.

“The tow truck driver was very lucky he wasn’t seriously injured during this incident,” Brett says in the release. “Passengers in the Ford Focus and Toyota Rav sustained minor injuries and were transported to the nearest medical facility for precautionary treatment.”

RCMP are reminding motorists to slow down during the icy road conditions and move over when an emergency vehicle is roadside, giving them plenty of space to do their job. As the weather continues to cool down significantly throughout the Okanagan over the next few days the icy conditions will persist, she says.

“Please slow down and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination this holiday season,” Brett says.


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