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Car accident in British Columbia injures 1

One person was hurt in a single-car crash in West Kelowna on the afternoon of Oct. 9, according to local sources. Kelowna, British Columbia, authorities responded to the car accident on Highway 97. Very little information is available at this time, as police are still investigating the accident. 

Witnesses have reported that a single vehicle headed southbound on Highway 97 abruptly left the road and struck a light post at Westlake Road. It is unknown how many people were in the car at the time of the crash. However, photos taken at the site of the accident show severe damage to the front crumple zone of the vehicle, as well as to the light post. 

One person was transported to Kelowna General Hospital by medical personnel arriving on the scene. It is unclear whether this individual was the driver of the car, as the report states merely that the individual was in the crashed vehicle. The extent of that person's injuries is unknown at this time. 

British Columbia police will continue the investigation into this car accident until a cause for it is uncovered. Depending on what they discover, the driver might face charges for recklessness, negligence or even intoxication, if these things contributed materially to the accident. Further, if more than one person was in the car, and if the injured individual was not the driver, that individual could stand to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages incurred in the crash. These suits are handled in civil court and require police evidence of the driver's material contribution to the accident in order to be won. 

Source:, "Accident sends one to KGH", Darren Handschuh, Oct. 9, 2016

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