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Fire crews are reminding drivers to leave lots of room and slow down when you pass a crash scene.

Powell River Deputy Fire Chief Rocky Swanson says they’ve seen an up-tick in the number of drivers who don’t slow down or give crews room to work.

He says it’s important for drivers to remember that there’s a reason that traffic lanes are blocked off or roads are shut down as crews respond to crash scenes.

“We are there trying to make a terrible situation better and if [passersby are] inconvenienced slightly, that’s nothing compared to what the person’s going through inside those vehicles, so we have to keep a perspective on every situation for sure”, he says.

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Swanson notes that often the crashes that look the most minor actually have the most severe injuries and crews need room to work.

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