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Update: Driver who ran red light responsible for West Kelowna crash

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 | 3:58 pm

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A downed traffic light pole at the intersection of Highway 97 and Boucherie Road. (Photo Joe Fries)

Update: 10/03/16/ 3:58 p.m.

RCMP Press Release

A collision involving four vehicles was responsible for sending one man to hospital  just after noon today.

The collision occurred at 12:19 p.m. when a southbound pickup was waiting in the left turn lane at the intersection of Highway 97 South and Boucherie Road. The left turn lane has a dedicated light, which signals for left turns only. The light was red, however, it appears that the 79-year-old driver mistook the green light, meant for the through traffic, and decided to make the left turn across the northbound lane of oncoming traffic.

A northbound white Subaru, piloted by an 89-year-old male, traveled through the intersection, on a green light, and was struck by the white GMC pickup that was turning left. The Subaru was spun into the center of the intersection where it hit the center median that housed the left turn light standard, shearing it off. The Subaru also hit two vehicles, that were in the same left turn lane the pickup had been in. The Subaru first hit a white Ford pickup, being driven by a 51-year-old male. The second vehicle, a black Acura , was struck by both the Subaru and the light standard. The Subaru finally came to rest after hitting the Acura, that was driven by a 21-year-old male.

In the aftermath, only the Ford pickup was able to be driven away, with moderate damage. The others, sustaining major damage, were towed away. The driver of the Subaru was taken to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  The driver of the GMC was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for failing to yield on a left turn at a red light. The ticket carries a $167 fine.

Traffic in the northbound lane had to be detoured for the better part of an hour while emergency crews sorted the vehicles out at the scene. Maintenance crews remained to replace the traffic standard.

Update: 10/03/16/ 1:43 p.m.

Traffic on Highway 97 near the Boucherie Road intersection is flowing smoothly after a lunch-hour accident that saw a traffic light pole sheared off at its base. The highway maintenance contractor has been called in to deal with the pole, which was attached to the centre divider.

Posted: 10/03/16/ 12:47 p.m.

Reports of a three-vehicle accident at Highway 97 and Boucherie Road has reduced north-bound traffic to one lane. A  power pole has reportedly been knocked over. There are no reports of serious injuries in the accident. Some traffic is being re-routed onto Hudson Road. Kelowna RCMP, West Kelowna Fire Rescue and B.C. Ambulance are on scene.

Watch for updates.

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One Response to “Update: Driver who ran red light responsible for West Kelowna crash”

  1. Clinton says:
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    This is one of those, “I just don’t get it” instances for me. If you are speeding and only putting people “in danger” then your ticket is more costly than if you actually cause an accident, resulting in significant damage and injury. Does that make sense to anyone else?

    Please continue discussion on the forum: link