RCMP were busy on Monday, July 27, with two motor vehicle accidents in the Barriere area. Early in the day an accident took place on Highway 5 in front of the antique store at Louis Creek.
RCMP Corporal Steve Mancini says the investigation into the accident is still ongoing, but it appears that sudden braking from a vehicle turning off the highway into the store resulted in a woman motorcycle rider clipping another vehicle while trying to avoid running into the one braking. This resulted in the motorcycle dropping to the ground, causing injuries to the rider who was then airlifted to Kamloops. Fortunately her injuries were not life threatening.
Mancini also reported there was a rear-ender in front of the Barriere Esso Station on Highway 5. This occurred when a vehicle attempted to turn into the station and was struck by another from behind.
“There was fresh rain and the roads were slick and a driver not paying attention,” said the officer, “Fortunately there were no injuries, but there was significant damage to the vehicle for a minor fender bender.
“We want to remind motorists, especially those passing through town, to be cognizant of people turning. There are lots of vehicles around at this time of year – slow down until you clear the community.”
Mancini also noted that due to a few reported sightings of a cougar seen in town last week area residents should remain aware, especially with small children and pets.