Vehicle burst into flames as driver suffers medical emergency

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WEST KELOWNA - A Peachland man is lucky to be alive after he suffered a medical emergency while driving, lost control and crashed into a stand of trees, causing his vehicle to burst into flames.

RCMP raced to the scene of the accident after receiving the call at 10:23 a.m. that someone in a Chevy Tahoe was driving erratically along Doucette Drive in West Kelowna. They were joined by West Bank First Nations and SE District Traffic officers. A 54-year-old man was the lone person in the large SUV, driving through the end of the street before hitting trees about 150 m from the where he left the road. 

Const. Raygen Ennis and Const. Ryan Putt were at the scene to pull the man from the vehicle as it caught fire. Two other officers searched the vehicle for other occupants and found none. The vehicle soon became fully engulfed.

"When a fire starts in a vehicle one never knows when the fuel tank will explode and the man is fortunate the response was so quick, decisive, resourceful and courageous," Sgt. Wade Seversen stated in a press release.

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