Serious collision involving RCMP emergency vehicle in Kelowna

Kelowna, BC – A Regular Member of the RCMP has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries, after the emergency vehicle he was operating, became involved in a collision early Monday evening in Kelowna.

On June 3, 2019 shortly after 6 p.m., a Constable of the Kelowna RCMP Police Dog Services section was actively responding to a priority call for service, when the unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe he had been driving collided with a commercial vehicle along Highway 33 near Loseth Drive, east of Kelowna.

“The Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section has taken carriage of the collision investigation, which is in it’s very early stages,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the Kelowna RCMP. “Due to the extent of the damage caused to the police SUV, fire fighters required the jaws of life to safely extricate the experienced police officer from the passenger compartment.”

The officer has since been rushed from the scene to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services, suffering what are believed to be serious non-life threatening injuries. His K9 partner, was safely pulled from the wreckage, by his fellow officers and has since been transported to a local veterinarian for further assessment.

RCMP Vehicle
File Photo

The driver of the semi tractor, who sustained what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries in the crash, was medically assessed at the scene and transported to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services as a precaution.

The east bound lanes of Highway 33, between Garner Road and Loseth Drive, remain closed at this time to allow a collision reconstructionist from the RCMP Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services (ICARS) to examine the crash scene.

Witnesses to this crash, who have not yet spoken to police are asked to call the Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section at 250-762-3300.

File # 2019-31764

Kelowna RCMP

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