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Driver of SUV & boat trailer that flipped over looking for witnesses

Rollover witnesses needed

The driver of an SUV towing a boat that flipped and rolled down an embankment last week is looking for witnesses to the crash on Highway 97 near Powers Creek

Andrew, who wishes to only share his first name, was fishing with a friend and three children in Keremeos before returning home to Kelowna on Aug 5. 

"We were coming down the hill from Glenrosa in the slow lane doing 70, just before it goes to 50." 

He says traffic was pretty tight. 

"The car in the left lane that was a little bit ahead of me, was going about the same speed. Then, another car came up behind him and tried to pass him, I'm guessing, and smashed into my door."

He says the driver tried to switch lanes and ended up hitting the door of Andrew's SUV.

"Put me into an out-of-control swerve, back-and-forth with the trailer and I tried to correct it but we rolled off the embankment, one-and-a-half times landing upside down."

Everyone got out of the car safely with the help of the public. 

"There were a whole bunch of bystanders, including a doctor and a hero in a tank top," who he says helped pull him and his kids out to safety. 

"I have a torn meniscus and I'm waiting for surgery and he helped my kids and myself up the hill."

Andrew said the driver who hit him stayed at the scene and helped out in the crash aftermath.

Everyone in the SUV was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

"I know there were many witnesses at the scene that helped us and am so grateful!"

The boat and the SUV have since been removed from the embankment.

RCMP attended the crash and spoke to both drivers, but Andrew says witness will help with his claims.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash, which occurred at roughly 4:30 p.m., is asked to contact ICBC to provide a witness statement.

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