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Hwy. 33 crash sends 7 to hospital

RCMP are releasing more details on the multi-vehicle crash that sent several to hospital yesterday on Hwy. 33 at Goudie. 

Cst. Chris Neid says the t-bone collision sent seven people to hospital including one in critical condition.

The accident occurred at 4:21 p.m. on Saturday Feb 15.

RCMP say according to witnesses, a black Chevy pickup was travelling eastbound on Hwy. 33 at Goudie Rd, while a grey Honda SUV was travelling westbound. 

The SUV had apparently just rounded the hairpin corner and lost control in the S curves at Goudie Rd.

The Honda over corrected into the oncoming lane and was struck by the pickup on the passenger side, knocking it off the roadway onto the shoulder of the eastbound lane.

"Witnesses described the impact as an "explosion" of parts and debris," said Neid. 

Immediately concerned and honourable citizens stopped to help the occupants of both vehicles, most notably the driver of the Honda, a 35-year-old Kelowna man, who suffered  serious, potentially life threatening injuries according to RCMP.

He was transported to Kelowna General Hospital where he remains in critical condition. 

The three men and three woman in the pickup, ages 9 to 44, were also taken to Kelowna General Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and later released. 

"The crash scene was occupied for several hours while Police, and an RCMP Traffic Reconstructionist investigated into the causal factors of the crash," explained Neid.

"Driver Impairment is being investigated, however other factors may have been involved."

He adds that the RCMP would also like to thank those who helped the injured at the scene. 

"We would like to speak with those Good Samaritans, as well as any witnesses to the collision and motorists who were following behind either of the vehicles involved as this can help us paint a clearer picture of what happened," said Neid. 

If you have further information or witnessed the accident please call Cst. Steve Holmes of the Central Okanagan Traffic Services at (250)980-5353.

Send photos and video to [email protected] 

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