Traffic is stalled Jan. 5, 2021, on Highway 97A after a multi-vehicle collision closed the highway Wednesday morning. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

Traffic is stalled Jan. 5, 2021, on Highway 97A after a multi-vehicle collision closed the highway Wednesday morning. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

2 children reportedly airlifted to Kelowna hospital following Enderby crash

Hwy. 97A remains closed following three-vehicle collision; police ask drivers to avoid the area

Update: 1:54 p.m.

Five people were taken to Kelowna General Hospital following this morning’s crash.

BC Emergency Health Services said a multi-unit response, including four ground ambulances and two helicopters, was dispatched to the scene of a three-vehicle crash that closed Highway 97A south of Enderby.

Paramedics remain on scene, said a BCEHS spokesperson.

Two patients are being airlifted to in critical condition and three more are being transported by ground ambulance; two in serious condition and one in stable condition.

………………

Update: 12:47 p.m.

A helicopter transported at least two patients from Highway 97A to Kelowna General Hospital as staff called a ”Code Orange” to prepare for a mass-casualty incident.

“KGH called a brief Code Orange at about 11:25 (a.m.) in anticipation of incoming patients from a motor vehicle accident near Enderby,” Interior Health senior communications consultant Karl Hardt said in a statement.

A KGH employee reported a five-year-old and eight-year-old have been admitted to hospital, although this has yet to be confirmed by officials.

The code was called off at 12:30 p.m. after the situation was assessed by site teams and it was determined enough resources were in place to accommodate the patients.

“We would like to thank our critical care and acute teams at KGH for mobilizing so quickly to prepare for these patients and acknowledge the actions of the first responders who supported patients on the scene and en route to the hospital,” Hardt said.

At this time, no fatalities have been reported.

If the incident becomes fatal, RCMP Traffic Services will assume conduct of the situation.

………………

Update: 11:35 a.m.

Police are asking that drivers avoid the area of a crash on Highway 97A near Enderby, following a serious head-on collision Wednesday morning.

The crash occurred around 9:45 a.m. Jan. 6 on the highway between Stepney Cross Road and Canyon Road, about one kilometre south of Enderby.

“We are asking the public to avoid the area and to consult DriveBC for when the highway will re-open. said Cpl. Tania Finn, media relations officer with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.

The crash involved three vehicles. BC Ambulance Service has responded to assist, but police say the status of the vehicle occupants is unknown at this time.

The RCMP remain on scene and are investigating the cause of the incident. North- and southbound traffic is currently being re-routed to Back Enderby Road.

………………

Original:

A vehicle incident south of Enderby has Wednesday traffic stalled as Highway 97A closes in both directions.

A multi-vehicle collision closed both northbound and southbound lanes of the highway near Canyon Road Jan. 6.

Several emergency vehicles are on scene.

It appears as though two vehicles collided sending one over the centre line, a semi-truck is stopped near the scene, it is unknown if it was involved at this time.

Details are scarce at the moment, but DriveBC said an assessment is underway.

Traffic is backed up and motorists are advised to take another route. Back Enderby Road and Canyon Road are open as possible detour routes.

More to come.

READ MORE: 10 new COVID-19 cases linked to Vernon outbreaks

READ MORE: UBCO research project connects community to free virtual health support


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Interior Health reported 79 new cases of COVID-19 and two new death in the region Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
79 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths reported in Interior Health

Both of Friday’s deaths were both recorded at long-term care homes

The BC CDC releases a map weekly that shows the geographic distribution of COVID in the province. (BC CDC photo)
Only one new case of COVID-19 in Golden region

The data shows new cases from Jan. 10 - 16

The Golden Rockets are keeping busy as the KIJHL team is ready to go when the league resumes games. (Claire Palmer photo)
Rockets keeping busy during COVID pause

The team is still practicing, waiting for the go-ahead for games

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons. File photo.
MP Morrison calls Keystone XL permit cancellation ‘devastating news’

Kootenay-Columbia MP reacts to the Conservative Party’s removal of a controversial Ontario MP

(Pixabay photo)
Black Press Weekly Roundup: Top headlines of the week

In case you missed it, here’s what made waves throughout the week

Sunnybank in Oliver. (Google Maps)
Sunnybank long-term care in Oliver reports third COVID-19 death

The facility currently has an outbreak with 35 cases attached to it

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a daily briefing in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
31 cases of COVID-19 variants detected in Canada: Health officials

Dr. Theresa Tam made announces 13 more variant COVID-19 cases in Canada

Administrative headquarters for the Regional District of Central Okanagan in Kelowna. (File photo)
Tempers fly over a pricey picnic shelter in the North Westside

Lack of detail on $121,000 shelter expenditure further incites self-govenance wishes

Big White Village on Dec. 16. (Big White photo)
11 more COVID-19 cases linked to Big White cluster

Interior Health provided an update on the cluster on Friday

Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital surgical unit

Despite 6 South being a surgical unit, RIH said surgeries are continuing at the hospital

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to each B.C. health region, to Jan. 20, 2021. Island Health in blue, Northern Health green, Interior Health orange, Vancouver Coastal in red and Fraser Health in purple. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays stable with 508 cases Friday

Vaccine delivered to more than 110,000 high-risk people

Volunteer firefighters from Grand Forks Fire/Rescue head towards the scene of fatal car crash near Gibbs Creek Road, below Highway 3, Thursday evening, Jan. 21. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Motorist dies in Highway 3 crash west of Grand Forks

City first responders were called to the scene Thursday evening, Jan. 21

Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram could be playing for Colorado when the NHL resumes play. (Rik Fedyck/file)
Cranbrook product Bowen Byram makes NHL debut with Avalanche

Highly touted prospect marks first pro game following World Junior tournament in Alberta

Most Read