SUV explodes in residential area
Oct 30, 2013 / 4:00 pm
Update 4 p.m. - Oct 30 -
On Oct 30 at 10:23 a.m. West Kelowna RCMP, Westbank First Nations and SE District Traffic officers responded to an erratic driving complaint. A 54-year-old man from Peachland was the lone occupant and driver of a Chev Tahoe who suffered a medical emergency while driving on Doucette Drive in West Kelowna.
He drove through the end of the street and about 150 meters later crashed into some trees. Constables Raygen Ennis and Cst Ryan Putt removed the man from the vehicle as the vehicle started to burn. Two other officers checked the vehicle for other occupants and none were found. The vehicle became fully engulfed by flame.
Other resources summoned to assist enroute the call were Police Dog Service, Fire and EHS.
Original story 11:50 a.m. - A full size SUV burst into flames Wednesday morning in West Kelowna.
The single vehicle accident happened at the top of Doucette Drive.
Witnesses say the vehicle crashed through the end of a cul-de-sac, smashed into and over a basketball hoop and continued another 80 metres into a forested area.
When the vehicle finally came to a rest, it became engulfed in flames. The male driver was able to escape with undetermined injuries and people at the scene believe he may have suffered some kind of medical condition.
Witnesses reported hearing explosions coming from the SUV as well.
The West Kelowna Fire Department was quickly on the scene, dousing the flaming wreck with foam to stop the spread of the fire.
RCMP are continuing their investigation.
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