September 29, 2016 - 7:24 AM
WEST KELOWNA - Police are investigating a bizarre single-vehicle crash that killed a 24-year-old West Kelowna man Wednesday night.
RCMP spokesperson Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says the lone man was driving a blue Ford F-150 around 10:37 p.m. when it hit the ditch near Gorman's Mill on Highway 97. The truck hit a rock face, then continued down the roadway and came to rest in the center median. The driver was ejected from the vehicle, meaning he likely wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
“Witnesses at the scene reported that the pickup truck caught fire after leaving the roadway,” O’Donaghey says. “A blaze which was extinguished by employees of the nearby Gorman’s Mill who were quick to respond to the scene."
The driver was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but died of his injuries. Police aren't releasing his name at this time.
The highway was closed in both directions for the investigation. Accident reconstructionists ares working with the B.C. Coroner's Service in the investigation.
If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.
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