Car crash near West Kelowna RCMP detachment ignites fire, knocks out power

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WEST KELOWNA – Two people suffered critical injuries after their car crashed and downed a power line in West Kelowna early this morning.

RCMP say the crash happened at around 1:25 a.m. today, Dec. 15, on Highway 97 near Dobbin Road.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a media release the police officer in the nearby RCMP detachment heard the crash and a loud explosion.

"The officer rushed outside to investigate and discovered a large blaze along the highway which led over an embankment to a severely damaged older red Honda Civic in the field below," O’Donaghey says.

The driver, a 26-year-old Vancouver man, was thrown approximately 15 metres from the car and was found by emergency crews unconscious but breathing, police say. He was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with serious and life-threatening injuries.

RCMP say the passenger, a 32-year-old West Kelowna man, was extracted from the wreckage with the Jaws of Life and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Highway 97 through West Kelowna was closed for several hours this morning as crews cleared the wreckage and investigators examined the scene.

If you witnessed the crash, and have not yet spoken to police, you are asked to call the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

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