A motorcyclist was hospitalized with serious injuries following a three-vehicle collision Sunday afternoon on Westside Road.

The motorcycle, operated by a 38-year-old Lake Country man, was headed north on Westside Road when it collided with an SUV turning left onto a side road, police said. The motorcycle then collided with a pickup truck travelling behind the SUV.

“As a result of the initial impact, it appears the operator of the motorcycle was thrown from the motorcycle prior to the motorcycle colliding with the third vehicle,” said Cpl. Tania Finn, spokesperson for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. “Due to the seriousness of the motorcyclist injuries, BC Air Ambulance attended to the scene to transport the man to hospital.”

The four occupants of the SUV and the lone occupant of the pickup were treated by paramedics at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. RCMP continue to investigate.