Crews called to 14 crashes

Fire crews were called to 14 crashes in the South Okanagan during Wednesday's winter chaos, according to an incident report provided by the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen.

The Summerland Fire Department was first dispatched to seven of those accidents — four of which happened in a 20-minute span between 10 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.

A fifth accident also happened in that time frame, just south of Summerland, where an N-driver lost control heading southbound on Highway 97 and crashed into a vehicle they were passing. 

Of those 14 crashes, 12 occurred on main highways.

Nine took place on Highway 97 between Summerland and Osoyoos, and three others happened on Highway 3 between Keremeos and Princeton.

It's currently not clear if anyone was seriously injured as a result of those accidents. 

Summerland fire chief Glenn Noble couldn't specify the nature of the crashes his department attended, but noted that "one was worse than the others."

Despite the high amount of accidents, Noble said that the department has had days during the winter where they have been just as busy attending crashes.

He advised motorists to drive to the road conditions this time of year.

Emergency crews in the South Okanagan have already responded to multiple vehicle incidents Thursday as the roads remain icy.

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