This photo was taken after the driver of this tractor was rescued and an air ambulance took the patient to hospital Sunday. (Oliver Fire)

Alcohol suspected in Oliver tractor rollover

Air ambulance took the tractor driver to Kelowna hospital

Oliver RCMP suspect alcohol may have been a factor in a tractor rollover that left its driver in serious condition in Oliver Sunday evening.

A farm tractor driver was taken to hospital by air ambulance after his vehicle rolled over, pinning him inside.

Oliver Fire Department and RCMP responded to the accident at 5:50 p.m. when it went off the road on Highway 97 near Bettison Road.

Quick work by rescue crews helped stabilize the tractor helping BC Ambulance personnel with removing the driver from underneath the tractor, said Oliver Fire Department.

Paramedics dispatched an air ambulance which was able to land in a nearby orchard.

The tractor driver was alert and responsive to crews during the rescue, said Oliver Fire. The tractor driver was flown to Kelowna General Hospital where he remains. Oliver police said the man is in serious condition.

Highway 97 was closed in that area for about an hour.

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