Highway 33 closed until nearly midnight after RCMP crash: DriveBC – Global News

Highway 33 closed until nearly midnight after RCMP crash: DriveBC - Global News
Cop recovering from crash – Kelowna News
UPDATE (June 4, 2019): The Kelowna police officer injured in Mondays serious crash along Highway 33 is in hospital, recovering, local RCMP said on Tuesday.

The incident involved an unmarked police vehicle and a semi-truck near the intersection of Highway 33 and Loseth Road / Loseth Drive.

“The specially trained collision reconstructionist of the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services or ICARS will now analyze the physical evidence and data information gathered at the scene and subsequently prepare a detailed report to assist investigators in determining those contributing factors,” explained Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

Kelowna RCMP said in a press release that the injured officer, who is a police dog handler, remains in good spirits with family, friends and colleagues at his side. His canine partner, underwent a full examination at a local vet and appears to be relatively unharmed.

While the officer sustained serious injuries, they were deemed non-life threatening. His K9 partner, also in the unmarked Chevy Tahoe operated by the constable, was safely pulled from the wreckage by RCMP officers and was transported to a local veterinarian.

The incident is still under investigation, and police are urging possible witnesses, or those with video footage of the crash, to come forward.

The specially trained collision reconstructionist of the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services or ICARS will now analyze the physical evidence and data information gathered at the scene, and subsequently prepare a detailed report to assist investigators in determining those contributing factors, said Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jesse ODonaghey.

Although traffic collision investigators obtained statements from witnesses at the scene, police are strongly encouraging all witnesses, who have not yet spoken to police, to come forward.

The officer, a constable of the Kelowna RCMP Police Dog Services, was responding to a "priority call for service" when he collided with the commercial semi-truck near Loseth Drive on Hwy 33 in Kelowna.

The crash between the unmarked police SUV and the semi happened just after 6 p.m. on Highway 33 near the intersection of Loseth Road/ Loseth Drive.

“Although traffic collision investigators obtained statements from witnesses at the scene, police are strongly encouraging all witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to come forward."

The Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section has taken carriage of the collision investigation, which is in its very early stages, Cpl. Jesse ODonaghey, spokesman for the Kelowna RCMP, said. Due to the extent of the damage caused to the police SUV, fire fighters required the jaws of life to safely extricate the experienced police officer from the passenger compartment.

Emergency services are attending to a "major incident" which has closed traffic southbound on Highway 33 in Kelowna after an SUV, believed to be a police SUV, collided with a semi-truck.

The SUV broadsided the semi as it turned into a driveway as both vehicles traveled east on Highway 33, according to a witness.

“Due to the extent of the damage caused to the police SUV, fire fighters required the jaws of life to safely extricate the experienced police officer from the passenger compartment.”

“The lights were on. The blue and reds were on but there was no sirens,” witness Dayle Booth told Global News.

Police vehicles, ambulance and firetrucks converged on Hwy 33 near Loseth Road after receiving a call on Monday evening at 6:07 p.m. to attend to what RCMP called a "major incident."

Other witnesses attempted to put out a fire that started in the engine compartment of the SUV, he said.

At the time, they were unable to confirm if that portion of Hwy 33 was closed but advised drivers to avoid the area, adding that major situations similar to this can lead to a road closure.

The police K9 was safely pulled from the wreckage and has been taken for assessment at a local veterinarian, according to O’Donaghey.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 33 between Garner Road and Loseth Road will be closed until 11:30 p.m. while police continue to investigate.

A Kelowna RCMP officer is said to be recovering from injuries he suffered following a violent crash on Highway 33 near Loseth Road early Monday evening.

The driver of the semi-truck was medically assessed at the scene and had also sustained non-life threatening injuries, but was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The officer, a member of the police dog section, was responding to a call when he collided with a semi.

Homeowners and business owners in the area are also urged to review any footage they have, even if the images don’t capture the collision event.

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says the officer is in good spirits with family, friends and colleagues at his side.

Mounties are appealing to drivers with dash cameras to review their footage and call investigators if they see anything pertaining to the crash.

His canine partner was examined by a local vet and appears to be relatively unharmed, while the driver of the semi has been released from hospital.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 33 were closed to traffic until shortly before midnight while investigators tended to the scene.

“The specially trained collision reconstructionist, of the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services, will now analyze the physical evidence and data information gathered at the scene, and subsequently prepare a detailed report to assist investigators in determining the contributing factors,” said O’Donaghey.

“Although traffic collision investigators obtained statements from witnesses at the scene, police are strongly encouraging all witnesses, who have not yet spoken to police, to come forward,” adds Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

Police are asking motorists with dash cams who were in the area before, during or after the collision to review footage and contact investigators.