Pedestrian sent to hospital

Highway 97 near Old Kamloops Road was closed briefly Tuesday morning following an accident

Highway 97 near Old Kamloops Road was closed briefly Tuesday morning following an accident involving a pedestrian.

Vernon RCMP state that shortly after 4:30 a.m., officers had been searching the highway for a man after receiving reports of a man walking in and out of traffic.

“They couldn’t find the man at first, then they thought they heard something,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “It appears the man walked into the path of a northbound semi.”

The man, identified as a 30-year-old Coldstream resident, survived the accident and was rushed to Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

The driver of the truck, said Molendyk, was understandably quite shaken by the incident.