SUV collides into semi-tractor trailer during U-turn

A 76-year-old Kelowna man is lucky to be alive after his SUV collided with a semi-tractor trailer in Lake Country on Monday.

Police say the man was driving northbound on Highway 97 in a Nissan Murano when he allegedly executed a U-turn Oceola Road, directly in front of a southbound semi-tractor trailer.

The Nissan was significantly damaged and fire crews needed to use the Jaws of Life to extract the man, although he was not seriously injured.

A witness to the crash said it’s a miracle the driver was still alive.

“This incident serves as an important reminder to all motorists, who are urged to complete legal turns only or use designated U-turn routes to safely change directions on all roadways, especially highways,” said Corporal Jesse O’Donaghey in a news release.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the Lake Country RCMP Detachment at 250-766-2288.