One person airlifted to hospital following three-vehicle accident

A second collision in five days snarled traffic on Highway 97 late Thursday morning. One person suffered serious injuries.

  • Jan. 28, 2016 10:00 a.m.
BC Ambulance Service paramedics transfer a patient to the Air Ambulance helicopter at Penticton Regional Airport Thursday afternoon.

BC Ambulance Service paramedics transfer a patient to the Air Ambulance helicopter at Penticton Regional Airport Thursday afternoon.

A three-vehicle accident on Highway 97 at Vaseux Lake north of Oliver late Thursday morning resulted in one person being airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital. According to Sgt. Harold Hallet of the RCMP South Okanagan Traffic Services it appears a northbound pickup truck drifted into the oncoming lane and clipped a five-ton lumber delivery truck spinning the pickup around and that vehicle was then was t-boned by a southbound pickup. According to Hallet the 58-year-old male driver of Grand Forks and lone occupant of the northbound vehicle suffered serious but what are not believed to be life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital from Penticton. Two people in the other pickup received minor injuries and the lumber truck driver was not hurt. There is some indication medical issues may have been involved however the investigation is still in the early stages. This was the second serious accident on this stretch of road in the last five days. On Sunday a car driven by a 46-year-old woman drifted into the oncoming lane and collided with a logging truck. The woman was initially said to have suffered life-threatening injuries however has since reportedly been upgraded to stable condition.

 

 

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