Medical issue behind crash on Highway 97 near Penticton

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PENTICTON - A motorist who crashed his vehicle due to a medical condition last week in Penticton was lucky to escape injury.

Penticton RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says police received reports of an erratic driver on Highway 97 south of Penticton at about 9:40 p.m., Friday, March 17, near Kaleden.

A short time later, officers patrolling the highway came upon a Hyundai Elantra resting against a concrete barrier in the southbound lane on Watermans Hill near Okanagan Falls.

An investigation revealed the driver, a man in his 70s, was a diabetic. He was examined by B.C. Ambulance paramedics and transported to the hospital where he was diagnosed with having suffered a diabetic incident, which led to the collision.

The driver was not injured in the crash and no charges were laid.

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