Accident sends driver to VJH

Emergency crews called to incident off the road on Highway 97 in Westwold

Speed is being looked at as a contributing factor to a single-vehicle Canada Day rollover accident.

Emergency personnel responded to a report of a vehicle off the road on Highway 97 near Westwold at 3 a.m.

“Emergency health services advised police that the driver was very dazed as a result of the accident,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “When our officer attended the scene, the vehicle was on the left side of the road facing towards Kamloops and the driver was already in the ambulance.”

The 26-year-old male driver from Kamloops was identified as the registered owner of the 1998 Mazda.  His injuries were non-life-threatening, but he did receive a blow to his head and was transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

“A witness told police he saw the collision, that the vehicle was traveling towards Vernon, that the car had passed him just prior, and he felt the vehicle was speeding,” said Molendyk. “The witness saw the car spin around, there was a shower of sparks, and then disappear in the darkness.”

Police are looking at speed as a possible factor, and no charges had been laid as of Tuesday.

The driver has been released from VJH.