Traffic collision on Highway 16

Occupants of the car sustained non-life threatening injuries

A traffic collision took place on on Highway 16 near Reeder Road yesterday.

Vanderhoof RCMP responded to the collision which occurred at 10:48 am on Aug 14 near Reeder Road. Sgt Rodney Guthrie of the RCMP said the collision occurred at the end of the passing lane.

“As several east bound vehicles approached the end of the passing lane they ran out of room to merge properly,” he said.

A Ford Edge made contact with the front bumper of a logging truck, Guthrie said, adding the Edge then spun out and landed in a ditch and rolled over. The occupants of the vehicle were taken to St. John Hospital in Vanderhoof and sustained non-life threatening injuries, he said.

“It is believed several cars would have witnessed the collision and did not stop and continued driving,” Guthrie added.

Vanderhoof RCMP is encouraging witnesses to the collision or anyone who witnessed driving behavior leading to it, to get in touch with the police at 250-567-2222.

Guthrie said he wanted to remind the public that passing lanes provide a safe location to pass other vehicles that are travelling below the speed limit.

“However, the end of a passing lane can create a bottle neck of vehicles if drivers are not paying attention, not driving defensively, or if driving aggressively. All passing lanes have signage at the start which tells drivers how long the passing lane is. There’s further signage prior to the end of the passing lane to give warning to drivers that it is ending. Drivers must pay attention to these signs and adjust their driving accordingly,” he said.

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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