First responders attended a vehicle that flipped on its roof near Forbidden Plateau Road and Duncan Bay Main Thursday around 5 p.m. Photo by CTV Vancouver Island

Air Ambulance call follows on the heels of three Comox Valley crashes in one night

If the conditions are less than optimal, drivers are expected to adjust their speed and slow down.

First responders were on scene Thursday evening in the Comox Valley at Duncan Bay Main and Forbidden Plateau Road following a motor vehicle incident around 5 p.m.

Reports indicate a single vehicle with two individuals inside flipped on its roof. The Courtenay Fire Department extricated both people from the vehicle. BC Air Ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

The incident followed a busy evening for Comox Valley RCMP Wednesday as they and other first responders assisted with three different crashes within hours of each other.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., police responded to a single-vehicle rollover in a parking lot on the 2200-block of Manor Place in Comox, explained Monika Terragni, spokeswoman for the Comox Valley RCMP.

“Investigators at the scene arrived to a black Jeep which had flipped over in the parking lot; the only occupant (driver) was already out of the vehicle. This crash is still under investigation, however, the driver was issued a violation ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act after receiving medical attention at the scene for minor injuries.”

The second incident occurred about 10 minutes later at the 600-block of Knight Road in Comox, which also involved one vehicle.

“Investigators at the scene determined that speed relative to the conditions of the road at the time was likely a contributing factor to the driver losing control of the vehicle before crashing into a tree,” said Terragni. “Both occupants were transported to the hospital for medical attention for non-life-threatening injuries. Charges are being considered under the Motor Vehicle Act.”

A third crash occurred at Anderton Road and McQuinn Drive in Comox when a driver swerved to avoid a deer.

Terragni noted the best advice for drivers is to slow down and adapt to changing weather conditions.

“The speed signs on our roads indicate the maximum speed for a vehicle during optimal conditions (dry road, clear visibility, etc.). If the conditions are less than optimal, drivers are expected to adjust their speed accordingly and slow down. Drivers should be planning ahead, allowing some extra time so they can slow down and drive safely while adjusting to our changing road conditions.”



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