UPDATE: Head-on crash sends 4 to hospital

Emergency crews at the scene of a head-on crash between a large SUV pulling a camper trailer and a SUV crossover on Highway 97 just south of the landfill near Westridge Road.

VERNON – The investigation continues into the cause of a head-on collision on Highway 97 south of Vernon near the landfill.

A large SUV towing a camper trailer and an SUV crossover hit near Westridge Road around 6:00 a.m. Thursday.

Four people were rushed to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with traumatic but non-life threatening injuries, according to Shane Code with B.C. Ambulance.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says two of those people, a 54-year-old man and his 51-year-old wife remain in hospital while their daughter, 14, has been released. The adults are expected to recover. The family is from Calgary. 

The driver of the other vehicle, a 21-year-old Vernon man, receieved serious injuries and remains in hospital. 

The highway was closed for over an hour before it re-opened to one lane in each direction.

The route was fully open to traffic around 10:30 a.m. once the RCMP crash analyst was finished his investigation and the vehicles involved in the crash were removed.

A RCMP crash scene investigator has a look at the SUV crossover involved in a head-on collision with a large SUV towing a camper trailer.
A RCMP crash scene investigator has a look at the SUV crossover involved in a head-on collision with a large SUV towing a camper trailer.

Image Credit: Contributed

Image Credit: Contributed

Image Credit: Contributed

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 9:44 a.m., Thursday, July 31, 2014 to add more information and photos.

— This story was updated at 10:32 a.m., Thursday, July 31, 2014 to add Highway 97 is fully open to traffic. 

—This story was updated again at 2:22 p.m. to say three of the occupants remain in hospital, while a 14-year-old has been released. 


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