Rush hour rollover

Traffic along Harvey Avenue came to a crawl Thursday morning after a 'Prestige Collision' vehicle clipped a black truck and flipped on its roof.

Fire crews braced the car while removing the lone male driver who RCMP say is a Kelowna man in his 30's.

The driver was then strapped to a stretcher and taken away by ambulance. Police say he was alert and talking.

“We had a truck and a witness in the centre lane heading westbound in the flow of traffic and all of the sudden this guy passes them on the left, nothing out of the usual, almost side swipes our witness and then just plows into the back corner of the pickup truck,” explained RCMP Cst. Tim Monteith.

The two Kelowna men in the pickup that was clipped are still in shock, saying they have no idea what happened.

Dennis Onstad says he was driving along and he felt the vehicle clip him. He stopped and looked behind him and the car was on its roof.

“We didn't actually see it happen, but we felt the effects of it coming up behind us, we have no idea where he came from,” shared Onstad. “He flipped head over heel.”

Police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor and they are quite flummoxed as to how the accident occurred, wondering if perhaps the driver has a medical issue.

“No breaking, no signalling, nothing, just drives into them. Obviously he was not paying attention or he might have some medical issue. I spoke to the driver briefly and he can't recall anything,” said Cst. Monteith.

Prestige Collision says the car was a courtesy car for a customer and it was not an employee driving the car.

Police are looking for witnesses as there were few on the scene when the accident happened.

The accident occurred at approximately 9:15 a.m. Thursday Jan. 9 in the westbound lane on Harvey Avenue between Burtch and Ethel.

Call Kelowna RCMP if you witnessed the accident.


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