Sunshine Coast RCMP is reminding the motoring public to drive with caution as the recent wet, rainy weather contributed to several accidents in the past week.
Last Thursday, Aug. 29, RCMP, paramedics and fire fighters were called to a pair of accidents, one in the morning, and one in the early evening in the vicinity of Hill Road and Highway 101 in Halfmoon Bay.
In the morning accident, a 53-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital in Vancouver after rescue crews pulled her from the wreckage of her car.
RCMP said the woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a tree. RCMP could not provide an update on the condition of the accident victim.
On Thursday night, a very similar accident occurred, which is also being attributed to the wet road conditions.
“The accident was again in the vicinity of Hill Road and Highway 101,” said Sgt. Russ Howard. “A female driver was trapped in her vehicle. Witnesses who were following the vehicle came out to assist. In fact, one of them was a San Diego firefighter who assisted until our first aid crews arrived on scene. She was airlifted to hospital in Vancouver. The last update we had was that she was in stable condition.”
Howard said with the wet roads, it appears the driver lost control and simply went off the road.
“Drivers have to drive with caution when the roads are wet,” added Howard. “It has been a long, dry August and once the roads start getting wet, the oils on the roadway start making their way to the surface making things extra slick. It’s just common sense — just drive with attention to the conditions.”