UPDATE: Crash near Heffley Creek claims a life

A crash on Highway 5 near the Rayleigh ball fields claimed a life June 9, 2014.

KAMLOOPS - One person is dead after two pickup trucks crashed on Highway 5 north, north of the Rayleigh ball fields Monday afternoon.

The male driver was alone in the first pickup truck, travelling north on the Yellowhead Highway, when a second southbound pickup truck crossed the centre line and crashed into him. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The four occupants in the second truck were injured, one seriously, while the other three received non-life-threatening injuries.

The truck belonging to the deceased, a red and white 4X4, came to rest in the ditch. Emergency personnel covered it with a blanket. The contents of the other dark blue truck were strewn across the highway. They included a cooler, sleeping bags and blankets.

Officers on scene ruled out alcohol and speed as factors in the collision. The cause remains under investigation and will be determined by a traffic analyst who arrived on scene shortly after the cornoner around 5:30 p.m.

Four ambulances were called to the scene. The four injured were taken to hospital for treatment. 

Traffic was reduced to one lane alternating and will remain partially closed until approximately 10 p.m. to midnight while the investigation continues. Motorists are advised to choose alternate routes.

-This story was updated at 6:21 p.m. to include additional details 

To contact a reporter for this story, email gbrothen@infotelnews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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