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UPDATE: Four vehicle collision south of Penticton sends driver to hospital

A four vehicle collision resulted in traffic backups on Highway 97 south of Penticton today, July 27, 2016.
July 28, 2016 - 10:38 AM

PENTICTON - One man was taken to hospital following a four vehicle collision just south of Penticton yesterday evening.

Police says the incident took place around 5:10 p.m., July 27, on Highway 97 just past Sandhill Road near Okanagan Amusements.

Penticton RCMP spokesperson Rick Dellebuur says the driver of a grey 2001 Hyundai — travelling north on Highway 97 — was trying to set his cruise control when he crossed the centre line into oncoming southbound traffic.

The Hyundai first struck a red 2001 Dodge Ram, causing it to spin around and knocking off the a wheel.

A sedan, two pickup trucks and a coupe were involved in a collision just south of Okanagan Amusements around 5 p.m. today, July 27, 2016.
A sedan, two pickup trucks and a coupe were involved in a collision just south of Okanagan Amusements around 5 p.m. today, July 27, 2016.

The Hyundai then struck a Cadillac ATS, causing its drivers' side airbags to deploy. 

A 1991 Ford pickup, also southbound, was hit by the Hyundai causing the driver to swerve into the ditch.

Two of the drivers were from Oliver, one was from Okanagan Falls and the other from White Lake Road.

The Hyundai driver was transported to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.

Highway 97 was closed for a brief period of time yesterday evening before opening to single lane, alternating traffic through the collision zone. Traffic was significantly backed up in both north and southbound lanes for more than an hour.

Wednesday was a bad day for drivers at both ends of the city after a semi truck rolled at Penticton's north entrance earlier in the day, resulting in traffic problems for morning commuters.

Traffic was slow moving and backed up for at least two kilometres south of Penticton on Highway 97 this afternoon, July 27, 2016.
Traffic was slow moving and backed up for at least two kilometres south of Penticton on Highway 97 this afternoon, July 27, 2016.

— This story was updated at 10 a.m. July 28, 2016 to include additional information from the RCMP.


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