Rollover on Highway 3 sends one to SImilkameen Health Centre

Keremeos and District Volunteer Fire Department personnel, Keremeos RCMP and BC Ambulance worked to free a woman trapped in her SUV

  • Feb. 11, 2014 11:00 a.m.



Keremeos and District Volunteer Fire Department personnel, Keremeos RCMP and BC Ambulance worked to free a woman trapped in her SUV after it went off Highway 3 and rolled on Tuesday afternoon, February 11.

The accident occurred about a half kilometre east of the Ashnola Road turnoff, shortly before 3 p.m. Road conditions were wet, but not believed to be otherwise hazardous.

A Princeton woman was trapped for about 20 minutes while emergency personnel working to free the woman were hampered by the steep embankment and dense thickets the vehicle came to rest on.

Located roughly eight metres below the road, the SUV proved difficult to stabilize after ending up on its passenger side. Rescue personnel were only able to access the vehicle through the rear window. A passage through thick brush had to be cut to access the rear of the vehicle, and the ambulance stationed on the Great Northern Railway in order to load the patient after she was extricated.

The woman was transported to the Similkameen Health Centre with what are  not believed to be life threatening injuries.

Two dogs also in the vehicle were rescued.