Two long-time members of the Royal Canadian Legion branch 26 were injured in a two-vehicle accident this morning that backed up traffic on both directions on Highway 97.
Syd Pratt, a well known for his support of the annual poppy campaign in Kelowna leading up to Remembrance Day, and Frank Truman, the current Legion zone president and past branch 26 president, were on their way to the annual Flag Day ceremony at Lakeview Memorial Gardens on Dry Valley Road when the accident occurred.
While police have not released any details yet, Legion members at the Flag Day Ceremony suggested the two were attempting a u-turn in the northbound lanes on Highway 97 after missing the Dry Valley Road turnoff when their vehicle was hit by a northbound pickup truck.
At the Flag Day ceremony, Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan acknowledged the accident involved the two Legion members and wished them a speedy recovery. Police have not released the extent of the injuries as both Pratt and Truman were taken by ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital.
Traffic was halted in both directions still at noon as police carried out an investigation of the accident scene before the tow trucks could take the damaged vehicles away. Skid marks were evident on the highway and both vehicles were badly damaged.