RCMP are reminding people to take extra caution when travelling on slick winter roads this season, after a single vehicle incident on Brenton-Page and Shell Beach Road left one woman ditched Thursday morning.
Alcohol and speed were not a factor in the accident, which was initially reported as a roll-over.
“The vehicle had come down a corner that banked to the left, and the vehicle went off-road right into a deep ditch and stopped rather suddenly,” said Ladysmith RCMP Cpl. Don Southern. “Eye witnesses estimated her speed at about 60 km per hour, and there appears to be no mechanical deficiencies on the vehicle.
“The tires were in good shape.”
The adult female occupant of the vehicle was conscious upon arrival but was taken to Nanaimo hospital for head lacerations.
The matter is still under investigation, said Southern.
“We could not determine if she was wearing a seatbelt or not; however, we’re focusing on that aspect of the investigation,” he said.
While the incident occurred on a roadway known for its sharp bends and dips, Southern says drivers should be wary no matter where they’re driving in current conditions.
“Accidents happen very quickly, especially in the winter time when the roads are wet and slippery,” he said. “People should be cognizant of that and always wear their seatbelt.”