Driver killed after car plunges into McKinley Reservoir

A 21-year-old Kamloops woman was unable to be revived after being submerged in icy water for 45 minutes.

  • Dec. 12, 2011 7:00 p.m.

A 21-year-old Kamloops woman was fighting for her life but succumbed Monday afternoon after the Buick sedan she was driving lost control on a curve where McKinley Road in Kelowna winds around the adjacent reservoir. The car plunged down a 30-foot embankment, broke through the ice on the

surface of the reservoir and came to rest upside down in the water. A witness, who was following a few hundred metres behind the victim’s vehicle,

immediately called 911. Several ambulances and fire and rescue vehicles were called to the scene. Firefighters, in ‘ice rescue’ gear, were able to

attach a line to the vehicle and a tow truck pulled it out of the water. The Jaws of Life were used to cut the vehicle open in order to extricate the unconscious woman, who was still in her seat belt, and she was transported by ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital. The investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding this incident.



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