The vehicle veered into the bushes, where it flipped onto its side. Photo by Scott Strasser.

Heavy rain leads to vehicle rollover on Highway 19

The driver did not suffer serious injuries

A brief period of heavy rain and fog on Monday morning led to a motor vehicle accident on the Inland Island Highway.

A fairly new silver Kia was flipped over on its side in the bushes off of Highway 19 around noon on June 25. The vehicle was heading up-Island and crashed just north of Lake Trail Road.

The lone occupant of the vehicle — a middle-aged male — was taken to hospital with only minor injuries, according to Cst. Chris Mousseau with the North Island Traffic Services

Mousseau said the driver lost control during the inclement weather.

The Comox Valley experienced a brief period of heavy rain on Monday morning.

“Due to these conditions, the vehicle lost control, even with all the modern amenities — traction control, good rubber. It narrowly missed another vehicle that was parked on the side of the road and went into the bushes,” said Mousseau.

The reason the driver lost control, explained Mousseau, is that there was another vehicle pulled over on the side of the highway. The driver of the Kia tried to brake when he saw the other vehicle’s four-way flashing lights through the heavy rain.

The Kia only narrowly missed the other vehicle before veering into the trees.

“He hit his brakes, wasn’t able to maintain traction on the roadway and went off the road, missing the vehicle that was already parked on the shoulder by about a foot and a half,” said Mousseau.

The crash occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. Tow trucks arrived to pull out the Kia shortly afterward.

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