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Investigation after hwy crash

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m.

RCMP Cst. James Grandy has amended his previous statement to media.

Grandy says the driver of the vehicle which was collided into was not actually arrested. 

"However, the investigation continues to support charges for prohibited driving," Grandy said. 


ORIGINAL: 12:30 p.m.

A serious crash on Highway 97 at Rosedale Avenue in Summerland Tuesday evening resulted in an arrest and two people in hospital with serious injuries, RCMP have confirmed. 

A two-vehicle collision shut down part of the highway at the intersection around 5 p.m. Jan. 22. One of the drivers was traveling north on Highway 97 and attempting to make a left turn onto Rosedale Avenue when another vehicle, traveling south, collided with it. 

The impact pushed the first vehicle, a pickup truck, into a traffic standard, and a pedestrian waiting to cross the road was also struck. 

Keath Moore, the uncle of the pickup truck driver, said he heard about the crash when his nephew called from the scene. 

"[My nephew] tried to pull his girlfriend out of the truck. There was an off-duty ambulance person who happened to be there, and she told him not to," Moore said. 

The girlfriend had to be extracted from the vehicle by emergency responders. 

Moore himself went to the hospital to meet his nephew and his girlfriend. There, his nephew was discharged, but the girlfriend is still undergoing care.

"She has a hole in her lung, and has some broken ribs," Moore said. "The nurse told [my nephew] she was going to be okay."

Cst. James Grandy of the Penticton RCMP said the pedestrian who was struck sustained only minor injuries, as did the driver of the on-coming vehicle. 

The driver of the pickup truck was found to be prohibited from driving a motor vehicle in B.C., and was arrested. 



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