Narrow miss for firefighters

The driver of a Dodge pickup truck narrowly missed striking Lake Country firefighters who were already at the scene of a collision, RCMP reported. A North Okanagan Shuswap man has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Emergency responders, including fire, ambulance and the RCMP, attended a single vehicle collision at Highway 97 and Pelmewash Parkway at about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

While there, the driver of a blue Dodge Ram pickup broadsided and severely damaged a fire truck which had its emergency lights activated. The truck then sideswiped a black Mazda pickup truck and struck an unoccupied black Dodge Dart, police said.

Two Lake Country volunteer firefighters had to dive out of the path of the vehicle, according to Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP spokesperson.

“A snowmobile being transported by the Dodge Ram pickup truck, launched nearly 30 feet from its truck bed and landed in the oncoming northbound lanes of the highway,” said O’Donaghey.

He said the pickup narrowly missed striking a marked police cruiser with a Lake Country officer sitting inside completing a police report.

“RCMP have ruled out alcohol as a factor in the collision. However police believe that the driver of that Dodge pickup truck may have fallen asleep behind the wheel prior to the crash,” said O’Donaghey.

A 23-year-old man from North Okanagan Shuswap region has been issued several charges under the BC Motor Vehicle Act, with fines totalling over $1,100, O'Donaghey reported.

The driver was uninjured in the collision.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and ask anyone with information to contact RCMP at 250-766-2288.

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