Highway u-turn leads to serious crash

By James Peters
August 24, 2017 - 6:44am Updated: August 24, 2017 - 5:40pm

KAMLOOPS — RCMP say a dangerous u-turn led to a serious crash on the Yellowhead Highway on the Tk'emlups Reserve this morning.

At about 5:50 a.m., the driver of a northbound Honda Civic attempted a u-turn from the right lane after realizing he had taken the wrong exit.

There was a pickup truck travelling in the same direction in the left lane, and it plowed into the Civic at highway speed.

Two occupants in the car and the lone occupant of the truck were all taken to Royal Inland Hospital, suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the move attempted by the car's driver was not wise.

"U-turns are frequently a very bad idea and you have to be very careful, especially when you're on a highway," said Shelkie. 

"Always try to make a legal u-turn. It's best, if you need to turn around, to turn off onto a road, turn into a driveway and make a turnaround that way. Or at least turn around at an intersection off of the main highway."

The Civic driver was issued a ticket for failing to keep right.

Traffic was tied up in the area for an extended period while crews investigated and cleaned up, but has since returned to normal.

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