Despite the race beginning Saturday, there was already an accident at the 57th annual Knox Mountain Hillclimb.
Robert Trinder was working on removing the drive shaft from a white Chevy pickup with his son Scott, when it fell off of a ramp and into Robert’s head and shoulders.
Emergency crews responded quickly and Robert was taken to the hospital by ambulance shortly afterward.
Bryan Fulton with the Knox Mountain Hill Climb team said “the incident involved a non-race vehicle and a relative of a race participant.”
Fulton added that Trinder had been taken to Kelowna General Hospital and is reported to be fine.
Yarko Petriw was working on a different car nearby when the accident happened.
“We heard screaming so we rushed over and about eight of us lifted the truck up so he could be pulled out,” he said.
Robert and Scott have been racing together for many years and have participated in the Knox Mountain Hill Climb several times in the past.
This year they are racing a turbo Mazda Miata for the RSport Rally team.