Kelowna car crash likely caused by medical emergency

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KELOWNA - A single vehicle crash in Kelowna today may have been caused by a medical emergency.

RCMP say the driver of a blue Pontiac Grand Am drifted into oncoming traffic in the 300 block of Rutland Road North at around 12:30 p.m. today, April 4, narrowly missing a head-on collisions with other vehicles before hitting a power pole on the opposite side of the street.

The 55-year-old driver was taken to the hospital for further assessment and to treat non life-threatening injuries, according to an RCMP media release.

“Police have reason to believe that the driver may have suffered a sudden onset of a physical or medical episode which affected his ability to safely operate his vehicle,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “Police have put forward a written recommendation for a review of the driver’s medical fitness to ICBC for their consideration.”

The crash shifted the power pole, but the lines did not fall. A crew from Fortis B.C. assessed the damage, he says. The driver’s passenger was uninjured.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact Const. Jessica Edwards of the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.


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