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Motorist sent to hospital after collision with dump truck

Friday, February 19th, 2010 | 3:05 pm

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Police arrived to find a chaotic scene on Ross Road in West Kelowna this morning at a collision involving a dump truck, a transport truck with a box trailer and a Mercedes SUV.

The collision occurred at 11:54 a.m. when a white 2010 Freightliner dump truck, which was travelling northbound on Ross Road, went through a red light at the intersection with Highway 97.

The dump truck was struck on the driver’s side of the dump box by a northbound White Stirling transport truck pulling a box trailer. The force of the collision spun the Dumptruck 180 degrees, slamming the rear of the dump truck into the driver’s side of a Blue 2010 Mercedes SUV.

The collision trapped the driver of the SUV, a 47-year-old Kelowna female, and her two 8-year-old passengers, inside. The doors had to be cut off by emergency crews and the driver was taken to  Kelowna General Hospital for treatment of lung and rib injuries. The children were unhurt. The SUV was totalled.

Both truck drivers were unhurt. The 42-year-old driver of the dump truck, from Kelowna, was given a ticket for failure to stop for red light at the intersection. The dump truck received significant damage, as did the tractor trailer. All three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Alcohol was not considered a factor. The entire highway was closed, for a short time, while the vehicles were towed from the scene.

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2 Responses to “Motorist sent to hospital after collision with dump truck”

  1. Sophie says:
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    The dump truck driver blows through a light and causes a major accident that could have been much worse than it was and all he gets is a ticket for failure to stop? I find that unbelievalbe! Doesn’t this man have one of the biggest vehicles on the road? It’s just sheer luck that the first vehicle he struck was another big truck? Does this mean that tomorrow this clown could be driving another dump truck and perhaps killing someone this time?

  2. Dave says:
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    It’s unbelievable. In the past few years I have seen some of these big rigs being driven along the highway like they’re sportscars too, weaving in and out of traffic to pass slower vehicles. Seems like the “Professional” part of their “Professional Driver” title is being ignored or forgotten. I agree that there should be tougher penalties for these people. In some cases far tougher than just a simple ticket and a few points…

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