Emergency crews rescue person trapped under tractor in Oliver; RCMP say alcohol is a suspected factor

Booze factor in tractor crash

UPDATE: 12:45 p.m.

RCMP say alcohol is suspected to be a factor in a tractor crash that left a man pinned under the vehicle Sunday night in Oliver.

Emergency crews were called to the Bettison Road area off Highway 97 shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, after a tractor had rolled off the highway and trapped its male driver underneath.

The man was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital.

"Alcohol is suspected to be a factor and the matter remains under investigation," said Oliver detachment commander Sgt. Don Wrigglesworth, via email.

ORIGINAL: 9 a.m.

The Oliver Fire Department and other emergency crews had to act quickly Sunday evening after a person was pinned under a rolled tractor.

The vehicle went off Highway 97 around 5:50 p.m. Rescue crews attended quickly and were able to stabilize the tractor, and help BC Emergency Health Services personnel with removing the driver.

Once free of the vehicle, the patient was taken to a BCEHS air ambulance which had been able to land in a nearby orchard.

The patient was alert and responsive during the rescue, and was taken to Kelowna for further monitoring.

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