Spectacular crash in park

UPDATE 1:40 p.m

We are now getting more information on a spectacular crash in City Park Sunday evening.

We now know the vehicle was participating in the Royal Rally, Overdrive, an annual race which starts in Calgary and runs through the Okanagan before finishing back in Calgary.

The event works more like a scavenger hunt and less like a rally race, with stops in Cranbrook, Kelowna, and Revelstoke.

A past participant reached out to Castanet to give us some information about the race, saying, the dinner last night was in West Kelowna and it was long over by the time the vehicle in question crashed in City park after 7 p.m.

Several other witnesses also indicated they saw the driver run away from the scene of the crash while three others were left behind.

Our anonymous source indicated protocol for the Royal Rally – Overdrive, is to have one driver and one co-driver so they believe this incident was not race related and the people involved were on their own time.

UPDATE 11:45 a.m.

Sarah Mammel has sent us pictures of last night's crash in City Park. Her graphic pictures illustrate how severe the crash was.

In one photo you can see the passenger side tires are completely off and the body of the vehicle damaged as the car came to rest against a tree.

"The assumption of those of us in the park when it happened was that it must've had a rollbar for the occupants to walk out & be able to be treated by paramedics for what looked like minor injuries. Not sure if another occupant was taken to KGH in (sic) an ambulance that left the scene", Mammel tells Castanet.

Other faithful readers tell us they saw cars with similar paint jobs driving through the Kootenays on Saturday. One witness indicates they saw this particular vehicle passing other vehicles in no passing zones just east of Castlegar.
Another reader indicates they saw similar looking vehicles with similar paint jobs ay Christina Lake Provincial park parking lot.  

"I think they were involved in an event of some sort in Christina Lake (there were 10+ cars with "Overdrive" printed on them, just like the one shown in this picture). They all parked at Christina Lake Provincial Park and then went to the beach where a bunch of teams were set up with activities of some sort." According to an anonymous reader.

Castanet has reached out to RCMP for more details but as of yet have not had a response.

Given the extent of damage to the car, it's remarkable that no one was seriously injured. According to Mammel, "the car was speeding and lost control, rolled, and came to rest hitting a tree in City Park."


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ORIGINAL 8:08 a.m.

A faithful Castanet reader has sent us pictures of a serious single vehicle incident which took place just after 7 p.m. Sunday evening at Kelowna's City Park.

The photo shows a late model black 4 door sedan with a custom paint job, badly damaged and taped off in the park.

The vehicle was reportedly heading southbound towards the bridge when it left the road, smashed through a fence and came to rest in City Park.

Emergency crews can be seen talking to people at the scene but no word on any injuries or the extent of the damage to the vehicle or passengers at this point.

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