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UPDATE: Fatal head-on crash on Highway 33 east of Kelowna

One of the vehicle's involved in a fatal head-on collision south of Big White Road on Highway 33, Monday, March, 21, 2016.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan (with permission)
March 21, 2016 - 11:33 AM

KELOWNA - A head-on crash on Highway 33 east of Kelowna has claimed the life of one of the drivers.

RCMP say at around 8:29 a.m., March 21, a southbound Mazda van crossed the centre line to pass a semi-tractor on Highway 33 about 25 kilometres south of Big White Road and collided head-on with an older model Ford sedan.

The Ford rolled down an embankment and hit a tree, according to a RCMP media release.

The driver of the Ford, a 73-year-old woman from Beaverdell, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, a 21-year-old Beaverdell man, was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Mazda, a 35-year-old woman, and her passenger, an 8-year-old girl, were both treated at Kelowna General for serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 33 was closed in both directions for several hours as the RCMP collision reconstructionist completed a detailed analysis of the crash.

If you witnessed this crash, and have not yet spoken to police, you are asked to contact RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services at 250-980-5353.

A report of a serious injury in a head-on crash about 25 kilometres south of Big White Road on Highway 33.

To contact a reporter for this story, email John McDonald at or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 3:07 p.m., Monday, March 21, 2016 to add more information from the RCMP about the victims.

— This story was updated at 8:55 a.m., March 23, 2016, to remove duplicate details.

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