Driver plummets down 500' bank
Sep 6, 2013 / 1:07 am
Speed is the likely reason a Kelowna man went off the road and spent more than an hour at the bottom of a 500’ bank in the McCulloch area Thursday night.
The man, who is in his forties and lives in the area, was driving down the narrow gravel road three kilometres past the Myra turn off when he lost control of his Ford Raptor pickup at around 10 p.m. He and the vehicle careened over the edge and rolled multiple times before eventually coming to rest.
According to RCMP, the man had gone for a drive and when he did not return, some friends went looking for him. They found him, injured, but conscious.
The damage to the vehicle is so extreme that according to Cpl. Scott Falkingham, who went down the hill with Fire Rescue to help bring the injured man up, “It’s hard to tell it’s a vehicle at this point.”
Although the man was taken to hospital, he was able to walk up the steep incline under his own strength, using a rappel line placed by Kelowna Fire Rescue.
The vehicle ended up far enough down and in such a dangerous area that it is expected to take several days to recover.
It is still early in the investigation, but it is not believed alcohol was involved.
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