A driver avoided serious injury after her Toyota sedan slid off Highway 19 in icy conditions near the Highway 19A interchange in Parksville on Monday morning, Feb. 19. (PQB NEWS photo)

Icy conditions lead to Parksville crash

Sedan went off the side of the highway, knocked over a light pole and went down embankment

A driver avoided serious injury after her Toyota sedan slid off Highway 19 in icy conditions near the Highway 19A interchange in Parksville on Monday morning, Feb. 19.

The vehicle was northbound on Highway 19 with the single occupant when it slid across the northbound on-ramp from Highway 19A, knocked over a light pole and continued partway down the snow-covered embankment.

“She’ll be OK,” Parksville Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Mike Tisdelle said of the driver. “But she was a little shaken up.”

The woman was treated on scene by B.C. Ambulance personnel. The incident was also attended by Oceanside RCMP.

The crash took place a day after the Parksville Qualicum Beach region was covered by varying amounts of snow overnight Saturday into Sunday.

That snowfall was followed by the arrival of a cold-weather system that will likely cause the snow and potential icy road conditions to remain for much of the week.

Environment Canada is calling for sub-freezing overnight temperatures throughout the coming week as clear skies herald the arrival of an Arctic cold front on the heels of the snowstorm.

— NEWS staff and Black Press files

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