Emergency personnel respond to a three-vehicle accident at Highway 97 and Bailey Road Wednesday.

Emergency personnel respond to a three-vehicle accident at Highway 97 and Bailey Road Wednesday.

MVA sends one to hospital

An Alberta motorcyclist was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Wednesday following an accident that occurred on Highway 97 south of Vernon in a construction area being designed to make the highway safer.

An Alberta motorcyclist was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Wednesday following an accident that occurred on Highway 97 south of Vernon in a construction area being designed to make the highway safer.

The accident, which saw the motorcyclist sandwiched between two pickups, occurred at the intersection on Bailey Road just after 3 p.m.

Vernon RCMP report that a Dodge pickup truck had stopped for a flag person in the construction zone, and that driver of a Kawasaki motorcycle followed suit.

The driver of a 1990 Nissan pickup, from Kelowna, did not stop in time and hit the motorcyclist, pushing him and the bike into the back of the Dodge.

The speed was reported to be under 40 kilometres an hour.

The motorcylist, a 50-year-old man from Canmore, Alta., was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with soft leg tissue injuries.

The Kelowna driver, 45, was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act with following too closely.

Both he and the driver or the Dodge truck, from Vernon, were not injured.

The highway was closed for a short time before being reopened to single lane traffic.