Crash seriously injures two men, knocks out power in West Kelowna

Kelowna, West Kelowna, BC – A serious collision, which sent two men to hospital with significant injuries and involved a downed power line, forced the emergency closure of Highway 97 through West Kelowna overnight.

On December 15, 2017 at approximately 1:25 am a police officer inside the West Kelowna RCMP Detachment heard a loud crash and explosion from across Dobbin Road from the building. The officer rushed outside to investigate and discovered a large blaze along the highway which led over an embankment to a severely damaged older red Honda Civic in the field below.

An occupant of the vehicle, a 26-year-old Vancouver man, whom police believe was likely the driver, was ejected nearly 15 meters from the vehicle. He was found by emergency crews unconscious but breathing and was rushed to hospital by advanced life support crews of the BC Ambulance Service. He remains in hospital, suffering from what police believe to be serious potentially life threatening injuries.

A second male occupant, still trapped inside the vehicle, was found to be conscious and breathing. The 32-year-old passenger, a West Kelowna man, was extracted from the vehicle by emergency crews with the use of the Jaws of Life. He was also rushed to hospital by BC Ambulance Service with what are believed to be serious and potentially life threatening injuries.

Highway traffic had been diverted for several hours around the scene, as a collision reconstructionist, with the RCMP Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) fully examined the scene of the crash.

RCMP are asking witnesses to come forward, if you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are urged to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

Police File # 2017-74717

Kelowna RCMP

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