UPDATE: Driver seriously injured in head-on crash near Okanagan Falls

An empty logging truck and a sedan collided head-on south of Okanagan Falls on Highway 97, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.

OKANAGAN FALLS – Highway 97 south of Okanagan Falls is closed following a head-on crash between a logging truck and a car this afternoon.

RCMP say the crash happened at about 1 p.m., Jan. 24, at the north end of Vaseux Lake. A Toyota Corolla crossed the centre line and hit an oncoming logging truck head-on. 

The logging truck, which wasn’t carrying a load of logs, burst into flames.

A 46-year-old local woman was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries, while the truck driver has minor injuries, police say.

RCMP say Highway 97 will be closed in both directions until about 3:30 p.m. when it will reopen to single-lane traffic through nearby Vaseux Lake Provincial Park.

An empty logging truck and a sedan collided head-on south of Okanagan Falls on Highway 97, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.
An empty logging truck and a sedan collided head-on south of Okanagan Falls on Highway 97, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 2:56 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 with more information from RCMP.


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