Paramedics, firefighters and police attend the scene of an accident on Highway 97 north of Vernon that caused delays for southbound traffic Thursday, Dec. 27. A northbound man suffered a suspected heart attack in the vehicle, crossed over the highway and went over a southbound embankment. The man could not be resuscitated by emergency personnel. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Medical emergency results in fatal accident near Vernon

Shuswap man suspected of having heart attack in vehicle crashes, unable to be revived

A medical emergency played a significant role in a single-vehicle accident near Vernon Thursday morning near Swan Lake.

Just after 10 a.m., a husband and wife believed to be from the Shuswap, and a friend were northbound on Highway 97 in a Buick vehicle when the husband began having a suspected heart attack.

His vehicle narrowly missed two others as it crossed the highway, went over the embankment between Elmwood Road and Meadowlark Road and ended up beside the railway tracks.

RELATED: Crash slows Highway 97 traffic into Vernon

“I was first on-scene and we worked on him for about 45 minutes doing CPR but we were unable to resuscitate the man,” said BX-Swan Lake Fire Department Chief Bill Wacey.

The B.C. Ambulance Service and RCMP were also dispatched to the site.

The woman and friend were not injured in the accident. The age and hometown of the man have not been confirmed.

No other details have been released.

Traffic was significantly backed up southbound on Highway 97 for some time, though traffic was re-routed around the scene via Pleasant Valley Road or Old Kamloops Road.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Vernon’s alleged “Deadpool” robber revealed

RCMP catch up with suspect following gas station robbery earlier this month

Sicamous RCMP arrest Lake Country man following truck break-in

Suspect found in possesion of bear spray, masks and break-in tools.

Motorcyclist involved in Westside Road crash

Air ambulance assists while motorists face lengthy delays

Vernon climate advocacy group protests against Tolko

Group to demonstrate outside company head office Monday over plan to log close to water supply

Grindrod Garlic Festival delights fans

Hundreds pack Grindrod Park for annual event with heavenly aroma

VIDEO: Canadian zoos’ captive breeding programs help preserve endangered species

Programs considered last-ditch effort to prevent local extinctions of turtles, butterflies and more

Man launches petition to bring charter schools to B.C.

The move could see up to 20 charter schools come to the province

RCMP searching for missing Kelowna hitchhiker

Cody Kolodychuk was last heard from on July 31 and was thought to be hitchhiking in the Vernon area

South Okanagan pays it forward to BC Wildfire Service firefighters

Community members thank Eagle Bluff firefighters through Tim Hortons donations

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northeastern B.C. provincial park

Storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park

Art and music at Summerland Ornamental Gardens

Second event of the summer will be held Sunday, Aug. 25

Most Read