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Police issue cold road safety warning after pair of rollovers

Police are reminding drivers to slow down and use caution when the mercury drops.

The warning comes after two rollovers on local bridges this morning.

The first happened on Tzouhalem Road at about 8:40 a.m. Thursday when a Shawnigan Lake woman in her early 50s was travelling northbound in a white Chevy HHR over the bridge’s icy deck north of the long house. Police said she spun out and rolled her vehicle into the ditch. She was taken to Cowichan District Hospital for evaluation but did not appear to be injured, Mounties said.

The second crash happened about 10 minutes later when a 19-year-old man from Duncan drove his early ‘80s model Toyota truck over the icy bridge deck on Herd Road and lost control. Police said it appears the driver swerved to avoid oncoming traffic and lost control, rolling into the ditch.

He sustained minor injuries.

“Please slow down in the mornings when approaching and crossing bridge decks,” North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Const. Markus Lueder said.

“Fall and frost are here.”

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