Kelowna, BC – A total of six people have been transported to hospital with varied degrees of injuries after a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) crashed into the public library in Peachland late Wednesday afternoon.
On April 5, 2017 at 3:57 pm, crews rushed to the scene, after emergency operators received several 911 emergency calls to report that a dark coloured SUV had driven through the front wall of the Okanagan Regional Library located on Clements Crescent in Peachland. Witnesses at the scene reported that the blue BMW X3 was mobile in the parking lot, when the vehicle suddenly drove over the curb and onto the pedestrian walkway before it crashed through the wall.
Police quickly learned that several innocent bystanders, had been patrons inside the public library at the time, five of whom sustained varying degrees of injury and were transported to hospital as a result. For some, those injuries were sustained as a result of being struck by the vehicle, while others were hit with flying debris.
One man, believed to be in his 40’s, sustained life threatening injuries and remains in critical condition. Another individual sustained what police believe to be serious injuries, while the remaining 3 are believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The driver, a 71-year-old woman, was transported to hospital as a precaution for further medical assessment.
“At this time there is no clear cause of this tragic incident,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “The investigation remains ongoing as police continue to interview victims and independent witnesses at the scene. As part of their investigation, RCMP will seize the vehicle which will be the subject of a full mechanical inspection,” adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.
“RCMP continue to secure the crash site, as investigators work alongside analysts with RCMP Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services (ICARS), who will also conduct a full examination of the scene,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.
File # 2017-16766