ATV accident sends two Vernon residents to hospital

RCMP say alcohol and mechanical failure may be contributing factors in accident just before 8 p.m. Wednesday in Lake Country

Two Vernon residents were taken to Kelowna General Hospital after being injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident Wednesday in Lake Country.

Shortly before 8 p.m., Lake Country RCMP received a report of a single-vehicle collission with injuries in the 2500 block of Williams Road.

“An 18-year-old Vernon man was apparently driving a mini-ATV eastbound on Williams Road when the vehicle is believed to have experienced a major mechanical failure resulting in both occupants being ejected,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Kris Clark.

The driver suffered very serious and potentially life-threatening injuries in the crash while the passenger, an 18-year-old Vernon woman, suffered relatively minor injuries.

Both occupants were taken to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment.

The driver remains in serious condition.

“Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing appropriate safety equipment which likely contributed significantly to the extent of the young man’s injuries,” said Clark.

An RCMP collision reconstructionist completed a detailed analysis of the scene but all of the causal factors are not yet known.

Clark said alcohol and mechanical issues are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.