Multi vehicle collision turns fatal

West Kelowna, Kelowna

2017-10-07 21:05 PDT

File # 2017-60826

Five significantly damaged vehicles were later removed from the scene of a serious chain reaction collision, which claimed a man’s life Friday evening, on the 97C Okanagan Connector just outside of West Kelowna.

On October 6, 2017 at 7:13 pm, emergency crews were called to the scene of a multiple vehicle collision, with reports of serious injuries that blocked the eastbound lanes of Highway 97 C near the Trepanier Road off-ramp. RCMP arrived on scene to find a severely damaged black Jeep Wrangler laying on its driver’s side.

Witnesses told police that the driver of the Jeep Wrangler was broadside by an eastbound red Dodge Ram pickup truck, after police believe the operator of the Jeep attempted to make a left hand turn across both lanes of travel in attempt to gain access to an emergency services access road.

A chain reaction occurred as a passing red Mazda Tribute, a grey Ford F250 and a white GMC Sierra pickup truck also became involved in the collision, each sustaining moderate to extensive damage.

The lone occupant of the black Jeep Wrangler was rushed from the scene of the crash, to an area hospital by BC Ambulance Service, says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey spokesperson for the Kelowna Regional Detachment. Sadly the 58-year-old man, from the northwest coast of BC, succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

A total of 8 occupants of the remaining 4 vehicles involved in the crash were medically assessed and treated by emergency paramedics and subsequently released at the scene.

The east bound lanes of the freeway were closed, in excess of 7 hours to allow a collision reconstructionist, with the RCMP Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS), to fully examine the scene of the crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash, and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP 250-768-2880.


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


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