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Vernon-North Okanagan police officer hurt during accident
A Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officer was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital after he rolled his police car on-duty Wednesday.
Two officers were responding at 4 a.m. in separate vehicles to a report of a suspicious person/prowler complaint in the Enderby area.
“The officer in the lead vehicle was heading northbound on Highway 97A when he came into the right-hand curve, approximately a half-kilometre north of Pleasant Valley Road,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
“He left the road on the right-hand side and rolled the vehicle, coming to a rest on the passenger side.”
The officer, a four-year member, had to be extracted from his vehicle using the Jaws of Life.
He was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital by ambulance.
“He was conscious and talking to emergency personnel when he left the scene,” said Molendyk.
“He was examined by doctors and medical staff and has since been released from the hospital.”
The officer following behind going to the same call reported the incident immediately to the Vernon office and dispatchers, prompting further response from other Vernon members.
The highway was shut down for a short time and then reduced to single-lane traffic while the accident was being investigated by the RCMP’s North Okanagan Traffic Services and a traffic reconstructionist.