Crash sends six Kelowna residents to hospital

An "explosive" crash on Highway 33 near Goudie Road sent six Kelowna residents to hospital, one of whom is in critical condition.

The crash occured at 4:21 p.m. Feb. 15 when, according to witnesses, a Chevy pickup travelling eastbound on Hwy 33 at Goudie Rd struck a Honda SUV, that had spun out of control into oncoming traffic.

"The SUV was travelling westbound and had just rounded the hairpin corner and subsequently lost control in the S curves at Goudie Road," said Const. Steve Holmes, in a press release.

"The Honda over corrected into the oncoming lane and was struck by the pickup on the passenger side, knocking it off the roadway onto the shoulder of the eastbound lane. Witnesses described the impact as an 'explosion' of parts and debris."

Passersby stopped to help the occupants of both vehicles, most notably the driver of the Honda, a 35-year-old Kelowna man, who suffered  serious, potentially life threatening injuries.

He was transported to Kelowna General Hospital where as of Monday he remained in critical condition.

The three male and three female occupants of the pickup, who ranged in age from 9 to 44-years-old, were also taken to Kelowna General Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and later released. The occupants of the pickup are also Kelowna residents, said Holmes.

The crash scene was occupied for several hours while Police, and an RCMP Traffic Reconstructionist  investigated into the causal factors of the crash. Driver impairment is being investigated, however other factors may have been involved.

"We would like to thank those who helped the injured at the scene," said Const. Chris Neid of the RCMP's Central Okanagan Traffic Services.

"We would like to speak with those Good Samaritans, as well as any witnesses to the collision and motorists who were following behind either of the vehicles involved as this can help us paint a clearer picture of what happened".


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