Injured motorcyclist says thanks

Man phones fire chief to thank first responders for help after Friday crash

A man seriously injured in a crash after his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a car on Highway 97A in Spallumcheen has reached out to the first responders who helped him in the crash’s aftermath, including Air Ambulance which transported him to Kelowna. (Black Press file photo)

A motorcyclist significantly injured in a motor-vehicle accident Friday in the North Okanagan has reached out to the first responders on the scene.

The man, believed to be in his early 20s, was riding on Highway 97A in Spallumcheen near the intersection with Powerhouse Road when he was hit by car pulling out on to the highway. The incident happened just before 4 p.m.

The injured motorcyclist suffered serious lower-body injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital.

“He called me yesterday (Monday),” said Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Chief Ian Cummings. “The fact he was able to phone is a great sign. He wanted to say thank you to all of the first responders on the scene and say what a fantastic job they did.”

The driver of the car was not injured and the accident remains under investigation.

The highway was closed for a number of hours, causing considerable congestion. Traffic was re-routed via detours around the scene.