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Long weekend marred by collisions near Penticton

Emergency personnel attended a single vehicle rollover on Highway 97 at West Bench Drive yesterday evening, Sept. 5, 2016.
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September 06, 2016 - 11:17 AM

PENTICTON - A family of four escaped serious injury after a single vehicle rollover at the north end of Penticton yesterday, in one of three collisions on Labour Day Monday.

Penticton RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says the driver fell asleep on the way home from a family trip to Kelowna around 6 p.m. Sept. 6, losing control of the vehicle on the tight 90-degree curve on Highway 97 at West Bench Drive.

The 2010 Acura MDX was totalled in the incident, which resulted in all the vehicle’s airbags deploying.

Speed and alcohol are not considered to be factors.

In another incident, an older model motorhome was heading west on Carmi Road near Lost Moose Lodge Monday when the brakes seized, causing the vehicle to veer to the right and hit a tree.

The occupants received only minor injuries, but the motorhome was written off. Police also issued the owner a ticket for having no insurance.

Finally, Penticton RCMP also received a call regarding a quad rider who had plummeted off a cliff after leaving the trail off Parkview Forest Service Road, near Naramata. The driver received rib, back and neck injuries and was transported to Kelowna General Hospital. Wrigglesworth says the driver was extricated by search and rescue's helicopter extrication team.

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