Tractor-trailer crash sends 3 to hospital, investigation continues

An RCMP traffic accident specialist examines a flipped transport truck two kilometres north of Summerland on Highway 97.

SUMMERLAND - A transport truck crash on Monday, just north of Summerland, sent three people to hospital with minor injuries.

A Freightliner tractor hauling a flatbed and two-by-four lumber failed a right hand turn causing the vehicle to flip onto its side Monday afternoon, RCMP Cpl. Bruce Haley said. The truck was heading south towards Summerland. The tractor, trailer and spilled lumber then skidded into the northbound lanes causing a northbound 2010 Toyota Corolla to go over the concrete embankment. The car came to a stop on an access road below Highway 97.

The tractor-trailer driver, 59, was transported to Kelowna General Hospital for minor injuries. The 56-year-old driver of the car and his 15-year-old daughter, both from Alberta, were taken to Penticton Regional Hospital for minor cuts and bruises.

Traffic on the highway was backed up for several kilometres in both directions while the scene was investigated. The highway was cleared and opened by 11:35 p.m. The investigation continues.

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