Rain causes havoc on Nanaimo roadways

Rain causes havoc on Nanaimo roadways

A short but intense rain in Nanaimo Monday night led to slick roads and multiple collisions around the city.

Nanaimo RCMP said two single-vehicle incidents were reported, with both vehicles sustaining significant damage and ending up in nearby ditches, but that there were no significant injuries.

According to police, the first incident was reported at about 8:30 p.m. in the 3800-block of Jingle Pot Road.

Witnesses told officers they saw a Ford F-150 rollover and come to a stop in a nearby ditch. A few minutes later, a person was seen running away from the crash.

RCMP said the fleeing individual was picked up by another vehicle before officers arrived.

Police were able to track down the registered owner of the truck, but were unable to determine who was driving at the time of the crash.

The second reported incident occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 2000-block of Holden Corso Road.

While attending, police found a 21-year-old man standing on the side of the road next to a BMW that was in the ditch.

He told RCMP he was the driver and simply lost control on the wet road while attempting to make a turn.

The man was relatively uninjured but was complaining about a sore chest. He told officers he would get checked out at the hospital and a tow truck was called for his vehicle.

RCMP said drivers should be prepared for slick roads for the foreseeable future.

“When the rains come after long periods of drought, the rain mixed with oils on the roads can make for unpredictable slippery conditions. The best advice we can offer is to reduce your speed according to the weather conditions and to be extra cautious when taking corners” said reserve Const. Gary O’Brien.


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