Car goes off-road, crashes into steep ditch in Burnaby

Feb 5 2017, 2:51 am

In Metro Vancouver, wild winter weather is closely paired with wild driving.

An incident in South Burnaby is no exception when a car slid off the road near the intersection of Sussex Avenue and Carson Street and crashed into trees in a ditch at Riverway West School Park.

According to Dawn Rachele, a passerby in the area, the incident occurred last night and fortunately the driver only sustained minor injuries.

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Drivers are strongly advised to practice common sense winter driving techniques. This includes switching to winter tires, driving slowly, and avoiding roads with steep grades. If possible, consider using public transit.

Across the region, snow-slick roads that run on slopes have been particularly problematic for vehicles since snow began falling on Friday morning. For instance, a one block stretch of East 29th Avenue near Nanaimo Street saw at least 10 car collisions during the morning rush hour.

As of 4 pm today, 18 cm of snow was recorded at the main weather station at Vancouver International Airport and up to another 9 cm is expected this evening through Sunday morning. More snow is also expected throughout much of the coming week.