A statistically difficult period on local roads—the Easter long weekend—got off to a bad start this morning.
West Kelowna RCMP received a report of a three vehicle crash on Highway 97 South near Bartley Road at 7:30 a.m, just as the morning commute began. Apparently, a dog running into traffic distracted one driver long enough for him to rear-end another, pushing the second driver’s vehicle into a third.
While dealing with the first crash, police found themselves dealing with another half an hour later when a distracted driver rear-ended another.
“The driver indicated that he was looking at police dealing with the first crash, apparently too curious in the crash to pay attention to the road,” said Kris Clark, RCMP media spokesman.
A third crash occurred at 8:35 a.m., involving another three vehicles and again the cause was the drivers’ lack of attention to the road.
Several vehicles could no longer be driven by the end and had to be removed by a tow truck.
“Despite the inconvenience to everyone involved, including other commuters, it’s certainly fortunate that all of these collisions were relatively low speed and that no one was overtly injured,” said Clark. “Driving requires one’s full attention and even a moment’s lapse can result in a crash.”
When confronted by a situation where emergency vehicles or road crews are working roadside, police are asking motorists to slow down and but keep attention on the road.