Slippery Nanaimo road leads to single-vehicle rollover Saturday

Slippery Nanaimo road leads to single-vehicle rollover Saturday
Photo: Kendall Hanson/CHEK News
A vehicle is seen flipped onto its side along Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.

A driver managed to climb out of a vehicle relatively unscathed after flipping it onto its side in Nanaimo Saturday morning, according to fire crews.

The single-vehicle incident happened along Hammond Bay Road near Polaris Drive just after 8 a.m., Bryun Ashlie, a captain with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, told CHEK News on scene.

Ashlie says the slippery road was to blame.

“The gentleman that was driving the vehicle slowed down at the top of the hill and then started to fishtail and just lost control and ended up in the ditch here, flipping his vehicle,” he said.

“Fortunately, he’s OK. He has a bit of a sore neck, but he’s not seeking any medical attention and he’s going to maybe go to the hospital later if it gets any worse.”

Ashlie says the incident prompted the fire department to call the city and ask crews to salt the section of road “to make sure that it’s safe for everybody.”

“Right now, we’re just offering control of the intersection, so one-lane traffic just to prevent people from wiping out again,” the fire captain said at the time.

He adds that the incident serves as a good reminder to slow down when behind the wheel, especially as winter weather rolls in. 

“When you see the roads are white, that means they’re slippery. So just be aware,” Ashlie added.


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