One man dead after chain-reaction collision on Highway 97C

By Vanessa Ybarra
October 7, 2017 - 12:10pm

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. — One man is dead after after a chain-reaction collission on the Highway 97C Okanagan Connector Friday nighth.

Corporal Jesse O’Donaghey spokesperson for the Kelowna Regional Detachment, says just after 7:30 p.m. emergency crews were called to the scene of a multiple vehicle collision, with reports of serious injuries 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 a jeep was broadside by an eastbound  truck after police believe the driver of the jeep attempted to make a left hand turn onto an emergency services access road.

A chain reaction occurred as three passing vehicles 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 O’Donaghey. “Sadly the 58-year-old man, from the northwest coast of BC, succumbed to his injuries in hospital.”

The occupants of the four other vehicles were treated by emergency paramedics and released at the scene.

The investigation into the crash continues.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP 250-768-2880.

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