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97C reopens after rollover

Video by Teri Gartrell

6:15 a.m. update Aug. 11:

Teri Gartrell emailed us the video (above) of the crash on 97C that sent four to hospital Sunday afternoon.

"This clip shows the rescuers attempting to free the fourth victim who was trapped in the wreckage. We arrived on the scene probably within 10 minutes of the wreck and half an hour or so before any ambulance arrived. I, along with about 10 other people, climbed down about 60 feet or so to put our first aid training to work prior to the medics arriving. There happened to be two off duty nurses, two off duty firefighters, one off duty RCMP, and about three to four trained occupational first aiders including myself (who) stumble across the accident as well as a handful of other brave people joined in. Many other people provided blankets towels and water and did whatever they could until help arrived," reports Gartrell.

An air ambulance transported at least one to person to hospital, the others went by ground ambulances. 

There are unconfirmed reports that one of the injured was a pregnant woman in her 20s.

Witnesses say the vehicle rolled several times before it came to rest at the bottom of the hill.

More details to follow.

5:10 p.m. Aug. 10: Hwy. 97C was closed for over an hour Sunday afternoon after a rollover by Sunset Main Road.

Witnesses say several people were taken to hospital. A male and a female in their 20s were taken by ground ambulance and at least one other person was airlifted to Kelowna General.

The highway was closed at around 3:30 p.m., it was reopened just after 5 p.m.

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