Accident backed up Highway 97 traffic

Two-car collision sends three people to hospital and stops westbound traffic at Harvey/Abbott intersection for 45 minutes.

  • Dec. 11, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Three people were sent to hospital following a traffic accident this morning at the intersection of Abbott Street and Harvey Avenue.

The accident, which occurred at about 10:30 a.m., also knocked down a streetlight pole and backed up westbound traffic on Highway 97 for about 45 minutes.

Police report that it was a two-vehicle crash involving  a red Kia and a blue Mazda westbound on Harvey Avenue when they collided.

The driver of the red Kia had changed lanes in front of and was rear ended by the blue Mazda. It is believed that the driver of the Mazda pressed his accelerator pedal instead of his brake pedal just prior to contact.

As a result, the red Kia went off road right and collided with a brick wall in front of a hotel, and the blue Mazda collided with and knocked down the eastbound left-hand turn traffic light pole.

The driver of the red Kia, an 18-year-old Peachland woman, her passenger, a 21-year-old man, and the driver of the blue Mazda a 95-year-old West Kelowna man, were all taken to hospital as a precaution. It is believed that their injuries as a result of the crash were minor in nature.

Police have recommended charges of following too closely under the Motor Vehicle Act against the driver of the Mazda.

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