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Westside collisions keep emergency crews busy

A tow truck removes a Chevrolet Tahoe, after the driver—who was suffering a medical emergency—crashed in a forested area off Doucette Drive in West Kelowna Wednesday morning. Two constables were able to remove the man from the SUV before it became engulfed in flames. - Wade Paterson/Capital News
A tow truck removes a Chevrolet Tahoe, after the driver—who was suffering a medical emergency—crashed in a forested area off Doucette Drive in West Kelowna Wednesday morning. Two constables were able to remove the man from the SUV before it became engulfed in flames.
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Capital News

Two single-vehicle collisions kept West Kelowna RCMP and other emergency crews busy Wednesday morning.

At 9:09 a.m., West Kelowna RCMP responded to a single car rollover off Lower Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna.

The lone occupant and driver, a 29-year-old woman, was removed from the vehicle by the fire department and Emergency Health Services.

She was transported to Kelowna General Hospital, but suffered no injuries.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and no charges are being laid.

According to Sgt. Wade Seversen, the woman swerved to miss a rock on the road, hit a curb with one wheel and lost control of the vehicle.

At 10:23 a.m., West Kelowna RCMP, Westbank First Nations and Southeast District Traffic officers responded to an erratic driving complaint.

A 54-year-old man from Peachland—the lone occupant and driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe—suffered a medical emergency while driving on Doucette Drive in West Kelowna.

He drove past the end of the street and about 150 metres later, crashed into trees in a forested area.

Const. Raygen Ennis and Const. Ryan Putt removed the man from the vehicle as the SUV started to burn. The vehicle, eventually, became fully engulfed in flames.

"When a fire starts in a vehicle, one never knows when the fuel tank will explode," said Seversen.

"The man is fortunate the response was so quick, decisive, resourceful and courageous."

The man didn't suffer any injuries and recovered from his medical emergency with the assistance of EHS.

 

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