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Thank you First Responders

An early morning crash just south of Vernon two weeks ago left little to the imagination as to the damage inflicted upon both vehicles and their occupants, as car parts were strewn across Highway 97.

A red SUV had crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a truck carrying three family members from Alberta during the early morning hours of July 31.

The four occupants of the two vehicles were all rushed to hospital. All three family members are expected to make a full recovery, the driver of the SUV remains in hospital. 

Castanet News was recently contacted by a family member involved in the accident, who wished to print the following letter, acknowledging the quick action and dedicated care provided by everyone involved in ensuring their safety following the horrific crash.

"On Thursday, July 31, 2014 while commencing our summer vacation, members of my family and I experienced a horrifying accident that we have never experienced before - and hope that you & your families will never experience.

From all the photos at the accident scene along Highway 97, one can see many of the well trained professions such as paramedics, fire personnel and police officers that serve this community daily and who dedicate themselves to helping all those in need. Aside from these dedicated professionals were numerous motorists that stopped that day to assist and comfort, all at a time when we were in need! I am sure many more drove by wanting to assist and thinking about their loved ones commencing a trip over the long weekend.

Many other supporters after the accident, mainly at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, went beyond their professional responsibility to perform not only a medical duty but also provide such caring that helped comfort the physical and emotional pains.

Each of you know who you are and how you assisted us during and after that tragic event, so I want to say from all of our family members, friends and myself, a heartfelt “Thank You!”

To the citizens of Vernon & North Okanagan, please continue to support your local police, fire personnel, paramedics, hospital professionals, and the community and provincial leaders to ensure our communities and roadways are safe for all our families.

Thank you for helping! Please be safe!"

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