Ukee RCMP officer escapes single-car crash without injury

A Ucluelet police officer was involved in a single vehicle collision last week.

The officer was traveling along Highway 4 in an unmarked police vehicle around 12:30 p.m. on Oct 19 when they hit a slippery substance on the road around the Kennedy Lake Bluffs, according to Const. Marcel Midlane who responded to the scene.

Midlane said the slippery patch caused the vehicle to slide into an adjacent rock face before tipping over onto the driver’s side.

The officer escaped with only minor injuries but the vehicle was significantly damaged and was towed from the scene.

Midlane said the detachment has received several reports over the past few weeks regarding slick areas along the highway and some residents have reported seeing liquid spilling from a fuel truck.

Police have not confirmed any sort of fuel was on the road where the officer crashed.

It was reportedly not raining at the time of the crash but Midlane said it had started pouring by the time he arrived at the crash site and he observed several areas where water was pooling.

He urges drivers to be wary of winter’s road conditions and to practice extra caution as raindrops have been hammering the road.

“Highway 4 has been extremely flooded in some spots,” he said. “It’s running off the rocks and it’s overwhelming some of the runoff systems…The water tables are pretty high with all this heavy rain so it’s been sitting and ponding up.”