UPDATE: Bloodied driver drags himself up bank after sliding off Westside Road
Howard Alexander - News Editor
A driver dragged his injured self up a bank to safety after he and his vehicle went off the side of Westside Road Dec. 2, 2016.
Image Credit: Lt. Shawn Barnes
December 02, 2016 - 4:08 PM
WEST KELOWNA – An injured man crawled up a steep bank after losing traction and driving his car off a bank on Westside Road today.
North Westside Fire Rescue arrived on scene late this morning, Dec. 2, to find a bloodied man on the shoulder of the 6800 block of Westside Road.
Deputy fire chief Brian Findlay says ice may be to blame.
“The conditions were very bad, very slippery,” he says. “That section between La Casa and Fintry is a very bad piece because there’s nothing at the edge.”
Findlay says the man, who was clearly injured, extricated himself from the overturned car and crawled the embankment about 300 feet to the road.
“It was quite a distance,” he says. “There was blood involved. I’m sure he has injuries that he’s going to feel tomorrow.”
Drive B.C. says the road along Okanagan Lake was closed in both directions between Bear Creek Provincial Park and Fintry Provincial Park but it has since reopened.
Snow this morning had been making roads and highways in the Okanagan slippery all morning.
For the latest on road conditions and closures go to DriveBC.ca.
— This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 2 to include information from North Westside Fire Rescue.
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