A semi remains under a hydro pole it had struck and sheered off after swerving into a man on a scooter on the Trans-Canada Highway in Sicamous on Tuesday, Sept. 18. (RCMP photo)

Man on scooter injured after being struck by semi on Trans-Canada Highway

Sicamous resident suffers non-life-threatening injuries, charges pending for semi driver

A 56-year-old Sicamous man is recovering from leg injuries after a semi swerved into his scooter before knocking down a hydro pole.

Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Murray McNeil reports the collision occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. He said a transport truck was travelling east along the Trans-Canada Highway through Sicamous when it swerved to the right for an unknown reason and struck the man who was travelling east on a scooter. The semi pushed the scooter into a concrete barrier before driving into a hydro pole, sheering the pole off in the process.

“This occurred right across from Joe Schmucks restaurant, right near the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 97A,” said McNeil.

Related: UPDATE: Fatal collision closed Highway 1 east of Sicamous

Emergency services including ambulance, Eagle Valley Rescue Society and police responded, and air ambulance was called in to transport the scooter driver to hospital.

McNeil said the scooter driver was fortunate in that he suffered only non-life threatening injuries.

“He has some injuries to his leg and he’s at home resting…,” said McNeil, adding charges are being considered for the semi driver, a Surrey resident. “We’re still investigating it. We’re looking at potential charges of driving without due care and attention.”

Related: Collision closes Trans-Canada Highway on Sept. 1

As a result of the collision, the highway was reduced to alternating traffic for several hours as emergency responders, BC Hydro and others tended to the scene.

“At 3:30 in the morning we had the hydro lines back up and traffic flowing in both directions,” said McNeil. “It was alternating traffic though, we never really had it closed entirely.”

BC Hydro reports 1,644 customers were without power as a result of the collision, and that power had been restored by Wednesday morning.


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Just Posted

Kelowna cat hit by car uses seven of nine lives, needs help for surgery

Seven is currently recovering at the SPCA in Kelowna

Lake Country’s Citizen of the Year never expected to win award

“I was totally blown away, I had no idea,” Robert Conelley said.

Housing proposed on popular Kelowna golf course land

Kelowna council may implement changes at the Quail golf course

Kelowna mom concerned with needles found at Knox Mountain Park

Maria Beinarowitz, who has a five-year-old son, said she’s noticed a fair amount at the Kelowna park

UBC Okanagan Heat athletes nominated for awards

28th Annual Athletic Awards Celebration will recognize the star athletes

Penticton resident baffled about welcome mat theft

Security footage shows a woman and her dog taking the mat from the property on March 13

Men ready to strut in their underwear for South Okanagan triathlete

Okanoggin Barbers second underwear fashion show happening Wednesday at Barking Parrot

Trans Mountain court hearing: B.C. says it won’t reject pipelines without cause

Canada says the proposed amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act must be struck down

Okanagan dancers kick up heels for spring

PHOTOS: Spring Fling sees more than 60 converge in Vernon from as far as Okanagan Falls and Salmon Arm

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

B.C. father fights for his life after flu turns into paralyzing condition

Reisig has lost all motor skills with the exception of slight head, shoulder and face movements.

Prescribed burns to start this month in the Okanagan

The Lower Similkameen Indian Band with partners are starting a multi-year burn on Crater Mountain

New highways maintenance contractor begins work April-May

Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc. to service Shuswap, North and South Okanagan

Lack of bus service leaving residents stranded

Ministry’s Health Connections solution visits Salmon Arm just twice per week, once west, once south

Most Read