Madison Reeve

UPDATE: 11:10am

Police closed a section of Rutland Road on Monday after several vehicles and people were struck by a male suspect driving a vehicle.

Police say the incident happened around 7 a.m., involving at least four cars, several bicycles and several people.

Kelowna RCMP say one suspect, a man, has been arrested.

Const. Mike Della-Paolera said the suspect was “driving at a high rate of speed.”

“We received several calls about a motor vehicle collision that began about three blocks from Rutland Road…unfortunately striking multiple people and multiple vehicles.”

Const. Della-Paolera says everyone involved in the crash was taken to the hospital.

An accident scene investigation and the BC Highway Patrol are assisting with the investigation.

Police believe Rutland Road will be closed for most of the day.

“We ask parents to pick up their students from alternative locations as the front of the schools will be closed for the day,” added Della-Paolera.

UPDATE 9:35am

Kelowna RCMP arrested a man following an incident on Rutland Road Monday morning.

RCMP Const. Mike Della-Paolera said a man was “driving at a high rate of speed” on Rutland Road toward McCurdy Road East at approximately 7 a.m. Monday.

Police tape has now gone up from Mugford Road to Hartman Road and police believe that part of Rutland will be closed for most of the day.

Eyewitness reports indicate that a silver SUV was seen exiting Highway 33 and heading toward McCurdy Road. Multiple witnesses say a cyclist was struck by a speeding SUV on Rutland Road. The total number of people injured in the incident is not known.

RCMP say multiple vehicles and people were struck during the incident.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


ORIGINAL 8:00

Kelowna RCMP closed a section of Rutland Road this morning.

A news release says Rutland Road is closed from Leathead Road to Hartman Road in both directions due to multiple vehicle collisions. Emergency vehicles are on scene and the road will be closed indefinitely.

A witness said there are six wrecked cars in front of Rutland Middle School.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area. Parents who need to drop their children off at secondary school or Rutland Senior Secondary can use Dodd Road as an alternative route.

Rain fell this morning on top of yesterday's snow, with temperatures near freezing.

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