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Pedestrian hit on Hospital Hill

UPDATE 3:00 P.M. JUNE 19

A Vernon man is recovering in hospital after being struck yesterday on Hospital Hill in Vernon.

RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says the man in his 50's is suffering from severe broken bones but it is expected to make a full recovery.

Molendyk says RCMP have determined that the man was not in the marked crosswalk when he was struck but will not confirm witness accounts implying the man may have stepped in front of the truck.

“We are full actively investigating details around that. We have spoken to the truck driver and other witnesses and our crash analyst is working on the details in relation to the accident so we have not 100 per cent determined what took place,” says Molendyk.

It has also been suggested that the man was a patient at the hospital before the accident but the RCMP are not confirming that at this time.  


UPDATE 4:00 P.M. JUNE 18

Hwy. 97 through Vernon has reopened as of 4 p.m. after police completed their investigation into a pedestrian struck. 

The highway was partially shut down earlier Wednesday when a truck struck a male pedestrian around 12:40 p.m. outside of Vernon Jubilee Hospital. 

Vernon RCMP are releasing very little details but say the man was conscious but injured when emergency crews arrived. 

We will have more details as they become available. 


ORIGINAL

Highway 97 is closed northbound through Vernon after a pedestrian was struck outside the Hospital. 

The intersection on Hospital Hill is a marked crosswalk from the Vernon Jubilee Hospital  across Hwy. 97 on to 19th Avenue, it is now blocked off with police tape.

A witness on the scene tells Castanet a pedestrian was struck by a tanker truck headed northbound down hospital hill.

A pair of what looks like men's shoes remain on the scene, a tanker truck is also stopped further down the highway.

DriveBC is reporting that the highway is closed, but a detour is available via 19th Avenue. 

DriveBC says the estimated time of opening is 5 p.m..

We will have more details as they become available. 

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