Police say two people are lucky to be alive after their pickup rolled and landed on its roof while they were off-roading near McKinley Road in North Glenmore on Sunday afternoon.
When officers arrived at the rural property, located in the 2600-block of Glenmore Road North, they found emergency crews already working to get a 26-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman out of the truck.
The duo were whisked away to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment. The woman was treated for minor injuries while the driver suffered more significant injuries and remained in hospital Monday with a possible brain injury.
Investigating officers learned that a number of people were camping and four-wheeling on the property, with the permission of the landowner, when the 1983 Ford F350 rolled onto its roof, trapping the duo inside.
“Fortunately, both were wearing seat belts and were not ejected when the vehicle rolled,” said Const. Steve Holmes.
Police are now trying to piece together what happened, speaking to witnesses that saw what led up to the crash as well as the crash itself.
“The investigation continues into the details and cause of the incident, however alcohol has been ruled out,” he added.
The incident, however, serves as a reminder to use caution when off roading, police say.
“Police are reminding people to wear seat belts (on vehicles so equipped) and to not exceed their vehicle’s capabilities by taking chances on attempting to navigate dangerous or unfamiliar terrain,” said Holmes. “More importantly, avoid the consumption of alcohol, which impairs judgment and motor skills.”