Weather conditions see Kaleden man to hospital and Lake Country firefighter injured

A 39-year-old man was sent to hospital with serious injuries after a two vehicle crash outside Kelowna

  • Wed Jan 9th, 2013 6:00am
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A 39-year-old Kaleden man was sent to hospital during Tuesday evening’s heavy snowstorm with serious injuries after a two-vehicle crash in Peachland.

At 4 p.m., the West Kelowna RCMP received a report of a head-on collision on Highway 97 at North Beach Road.

A Ford flat-deck truck was heading northbound on the highway when it lost control in slushy and slippery conditions. The truck spun twice and crossed all oncoming lanes. A southbound Pontiac Grandprix travelling in the curb lane hit the side of the truck, causing the truck to overturn onto its side before both vehicles came to a rest in the ditch.

The driver of the truck was not injured, but the driver of the Pontiac suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital by BC Ambulance Service paramedics.

At the same time in Lake Country a member of the Lake Country Fire Department was sent to hospital while attempting to provide medical attention on a first response call.

The firefighter slipped and injured his knee and was sent to Kelowna General Hospital, according to assistant fire chief Brent Penner.

He was expected to undergo surgery this morning, but the procedure was postponed and, as such, the department was unsure of the extent of his injuries.

“I guess you could be out shovelling your driveway and have this happen. He just happened to be working,” said Penner, noting the accident was the result of the firefighter slipping in heavy snowfall.

Snow and weather caused a string of accidents Tuesday and, though road conditions did improve Wednesday, slush was still causing problems.