RCMP – Vernon Morning Star
A vehicle that overturned on Route 97C on Tuesday evening seriously injured four people, including two children.
The incident happened just before 5 p.m. near the Pennask Summit on the Okanagan Connector. The driver, a West Kelowna woman in her 50s, was seriously injured in the collision and had to be evacuated from the scene by plane.
According to the Southeast District RCMP Corporal. Jesse O’Donaghey, police arrived to discover a badly damaged gray Kia Rio and four occupants of the vehicle with varying degrees of injuries.
The driver was described as being in serious condition while the other three passengers, an adult male and two young children, each suffered what are believed to be serious non-life threatening injuries and were transported to hospital by ambulance.
“Although the investigation into causal factors is still in its early stages, police believe the driver was under the influence of an intoxicating substance while driving. Therefore, a criminal investigation into impaired driving is underway, ”said Cpl. O’Donaghey. “Investigators have yet to rule out speed, road or weather conditions as additional contributing factors to this devastating crash.”
A collision analyst has been dispatched to the crash site on the connector to examine the scene as the investigation continues.
If you witnessed the accident or have onboard camera footage of the incident and have not yet spoken to the police, call BC Highway Patrol Kelowna at 250-491-5354.