Extricated from KVR crash

The Penticton Fire Department was called to a UTV crash on the KVR trail in West Bench Wednesday night.

The fire department was supported by Penticton and District Search and Rescue and paramedics in rescuing the driver of a side-by-side that hit a sinkhole on the trail and crashed down an embankment.

Capt. Wayne Mckenzie said they responded with a rescue truck, fire engine and UTV of their own.

“We also called in our rope team because it was quite an embankment that he went down, although we didn’t use them as a rope team. We used them as manpower to help extricate the patient.”

The single male driver of the side-by-side was conscious and breathing, “and in some pain” with undetermined injuries. He was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital by ambulance.

Mckenzie said the driver was alone and was discovered by another user of the trail who heard him calling for help. The crashed UTV came to a rest 120 feet from the trail down a 30 foot embankment.

Emergency crews packed up and vacated the scene by 9 p.m.

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