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Kelowna RCMP, police dog officer recovering after on-the-job crash

(via Wayne Moore)

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

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

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.

Businesses and homeowners in the area are asked to do the same.

— , Castanet