Emergency responders almost struck by pickup truck at crash scene

Lake Country, Kelowna

2017-12-04 15:40 PST

File # 2017-72363

Emergency responders, already at the scene of a single vehicle collision on Highway 97, were nearly struck by another motorist early Sunday morning in Lake Country.

On December 3, 2017 at approximately 8:30 am, emergency crews were already on the scene of a single vehicle collision, awaiting the arrival of a tow truck, when a second chain reaction collision occurred in the southbound lanes of Highway 97 North near the Pelmewash Parkway exit. The driver of a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck, reportedly broadsided and severely damaged a fire truck with its emergency lights activated at the crash scene, before it sideswiped a black Mazda pickup truck and struck an unoccupied black Dodge Dart.

At least two fire fighters, of the Lake Country Volunteer Fire Department, who had been directing traffic around the initial collision scene, were forced to dive out of the path of the Dodge Ram pickup truck, says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. A snow mobile being transported by the Dodge Ram pickup truck, launched nearly 30 feet from its truck bed and landed in the oncoming northbound lanes of the highway.

During this chain reaction crash, the Dodge pickup truck narrowly missed striking the marked police cruiser, with a Lake Country RCMP officer inside completing her police reports at the scene, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

RCMP have ruled out alcohol as a factor in the collision, however police believe that the driver of that Dodge pickup truck may have fallen asleep behind the wheel prior to the crash, adds Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

The driver of the Dodge Ram pickup truck, a 23-year-old man of the North Okanagan Shuswap area was seemingly uninjured in the crash. He was issued several charges under the BC Motor Vehicle Act, with fine amounts which totalled over $1,100.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the Lake Country RCMP Detachment at 250-766-2288.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

Media Relations Officer
Kelowna RCMP
1190 Richter Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2K7
Office: (250) 762-3300
Fax: (250) 470-6348

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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