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UPDATE: Lake Country traffic accident claims a life

Image Credit: Global Okanagan/Jim Douglas (with permission)
September 08, 2014 - 11:19 AM

LAKE COUNTRY - Police were at the scene of a fatal accident in the northbound lanes of Highway 97 near the Pelmewash Parkway turnoff Monday morning.

RCMP say the incident happened during the morning commute at 6:24 a.m. A Kelowna man in his early 20's was refueling his car with a jerry can at the side of Highway 97 between Oceola Road and the Pelmewash Parkway turnoff when he was hit by a pickup truck driven by a resident of Princeton. The Kelowna man died of his injuries in the ambulance en route to hospital.

The driver from Princeton who is in his 40's remained at the incident. Police say the driver was not physically harmed though he was shaken.

Traffic was slowed to a crawl for hours while Mounties conducted an investigation and cleaned up the scene. Traffic was limited to one lane alternating but both lanes are open again.

No charges are expected, but police are searching for witnesses. Anyone with information can contact Const. Beth Paetz of the Okanagan Traffic Services at 250-980-5353.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 10:59 a.m. to include details from an RCMP press conference.

— This story was corrected. The original stated the accident happened between 8 - 8:30 a.m. Police say it happened at 6:24 a.m.

— This story was updated at 12:40 p.m. to say traffic constraints have been lifted.

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