Boulder crushes car hood

Kelowna trio survives after large rock crashes onto hood of vehicle heading south on Highway 97 two kilometres south of Oyama

A fraction of a second later, and the outcome may have been deadly.

Three people are lucky to be alive after a 200-to-300-pound boulder landed on the hood of their vehicle near Oyama just after 11 a.m. Friday.

A white Dodge sedan with three Kelowna occupants was traveling southbound on Highway 97, two kilometres south of Oyama, when the large boulder landed on the vehicle’s hood.

The front end was crushed, and the 52-year-old male driver and female rear passenger were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries which were believed to be non-life threatening.

The front seat passenger was unhurt.

“The outcome of this incident would most likely have been tragic had the boulder struck a fraction of a second later than it did,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Steve Holmes.

The incident occurred below an area of road construction and the investigation is ongoing  with respect to the circumstances and how the large rock came loose.

Worksafe B.C. has been advised and is also involved in the investigation.