Police report a serious chain reaction 5 vehicle collision on the connector just outside of West Kelowna resulted in one fatality. The accident that claimed the man’s life was near the Trepanier Road off-ramp. RCMP arrived on scene to find a severely damaged black Jeep Wrangler laying on its driver’s side.
Witnesses told police that the driver of the Jeep Wrangler was broadside by an eastbound red Dodge Ram pickup truck, after police believe the operator of the Jeep attempted to make a left hand turn across both lanes of travel in attempt to gain access to an emergency services access road.
A chain reaction occurred as a passing red Mazda Tribute, a grey Ford F250 and a white GMC Sierra pickup truck also became involved in the collision, each sustaining moderate to extensive damage.
The lone occupant of the black Jeep Wrangler was rushed from the scene of the crash to an area hospital by BC Ambulance Service, but the 58-year-old man, from the northwest coast of BC, succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
A total of 8 occupants of the remaining 4 vehicles involved in the crash were medically assessed and treated by emergency paramedics and subsequently released at the scene.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash, and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP 250-768-2880.