A herd of elk (not pictured) caused a single car accident near Playmor Junction on Tuesday evening.

A herd of elk (not pictured) caused a single car accident near Playmor Junction on Tuesday evening.

Elk herd causes crash near Playmor Junction

A single vehicle swerved into the ditch and one woman was injured in the Tuesday evening crash.

A elk herd just west of Playmor Junction on Highway 3A caused a woman to veer off the road and crash her car into the ditch at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday evening according to Tarrys fire chief Greg Patterson.

“One witness on scene managed to stop in time for them, but then another vehicle came up the hill and had to brake and swerve to miss them. She lost control and ended up in the ditch,” he said.

The accident occurred near the Voykin subdivision.

The woman required medical attention and was treated by the BC Ambulance Service on scene and transported her to Kootenay Lake Hospital.

“The vehicle was still on its wheels and no elk were hit,” Patterson said.

“The takeaway is that this is a common area for elk to cross, and they’re often seen there at dusk. If people are familiar with the area, they should slow down and be sure to observe around them.”