Smithers RCMP responded to six motor vehicle collisions in the last three days.
Fortunately, only one of these involved injuries. In most cases, the weather and road conditions were the major contributing factors. One case involved wildlife.
The collision involving injuries occurred on the Telkwa High Road near Billeter Road on Feb. 14 around 3 p.m. Smithers RCMP and B.C. Ambulance attended. Two small SUVs had collided on the roadway, with extensive damage done to the front driver’s side of each vehicle.
The driver and two passengers from one vehicle were transported to Bulkley Valley District Hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. They were treated and later released. The driver and lone occupant of the other vehicle did not suffer any injuries.
The matter is still under investigation. It is believed speed may have been a contributing factor. Motor Vehicle Act charges are being considered, but there is no indication of any criminal offence.
Smithers RCMP are reminding drivers that given the current shifting temperatures and mix of snow and rain, road conditions can change suddenly. Posted speed signs indicate the maximum speed during optimum conditions, and reductions in speed may be required as conditions change.
Submitted by Cpl. Kimberly Delwish Smithers RCMP