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Fire hose clotheslines cyclists

Fire trucks are usually coming to the rescue at the scene of an accident, not causing the accident itself, but roles were reversed Sunday when two cyclists were struck.

According to Kelowna Deputy Fire Chief Lou Wilde one of their fire trucks was rounding the corner of Hwy. 97 onto Abbott Street Sunday night just after 11:30 p.m. when a hose came loose.

The engine was responding to an emergency call on Leon Avenue at the time.

“Two people were hit by a hose that came off the truck while they were making that corner,” says Wilde. 

The cyclists were clotheslined by the hose and a witness said the impact knocked them off their bikes, and into the bushes in front of the Prestige Inn. Both sustained minor leg injuries.

Firefighters on board the truck were not immediately aware of the incident or the injured women. Upon arrival at the Leon Avenue call, RCMP cleared the engine when they noticed the missing hose. 

Returning to the corner, firemen found two injured women and the hose. The two cyclists were taken to Kelowna General Hospital by ambulance.

Wilde says the Kelowna Fire Department has started an internal investigation that includes the City of Kelowna's Safety Officer.

We will have more details as the become available. 

Were you one of the cyclists or witnessed the scene? Email us at [email protected] 

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