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Woman injured in crash near Vernon succumbs to injuries

Traffic was halted and re-routed near the turn-off to Predator Ridge following a fatal vehicle crash Sunday.
March 31, 2013 - 6:15 PM

UPDATE: 10:51 a.m. April 2

A 67-year-old woman from Salmon Arm listed in serious condition at hospital following a crash outside Vernon died of her injuries this morning.

The 21-year-old truck driver remains in hospital.

The investigation into the accident that happened Easter Sunday on Hwy 97 just north of Bailey Road continues. Names are not being released yet at the request of the families of the deceased.

UPDATE: 11:21 a.m. April 1

A woman has been widowed and a young man traumatized by a fatal vehicle collision outside Vernon.

Their companions, a 19-year-old passenger from Armstrong and a 70-year-old Salmon Arm man, were killed in the accident.

Details on the Sunday afternoon crash are trickling in from RCMP investigators, but the identities of the victims are not being made public.

"(Their) names are still being withheld as (officers) continue to locate family members on this long weekend," RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said.

North Okanagan Traffic Services continue to investigate the crash, which unfolded on Hwy. 97 just north of the Bailey Road turn-off on Easter Sunday. 

"The head on crash happened when north bound Chevrolet pick-up truck crossed the center line and struck a south bound Volvo station-wagon car," Molendyk said.

The 21-year-old driver of the truck is from Spallumcheen. He was taken to hospital by ambulance. His 19-year-old passenger died at the scene.

The south bound Volvo was driven by a 70-year-old man from Salmon Arm who was also killed in the crash. His 67-year-old wife was seriously injured and was flown to Kelowna hospital by air ambulance where she remains in critical condition.

"The North Okanagan Traffic Services Unit continues to investigate to determine the contributing factors that lead up to this terrible crash," Molendyk said.

At this time there is no indication that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The investigating officers are again asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident and have not spoken to the police to please contact them at 250 545-7171.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca

 

6:15 p.m. March 31

Two people are dead and two injured after a vehicle collision on Highway. 97 Easter Sunday.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said one of the two survivors was seriously injured in the accident and was flown to Kelowna General Hospital by air ambulance. The other was driven to hospital by medical personnel.

"As our investigators are in the very early stages of this investigation, there is no information being released on the gender, age or where the victims of this crash are from," Molendyk said.

RCMP were called around 1:45 p.m. to the Hwy. 97 crash just North of the Bailey Road turn-off. 

"Our officers at the crash site advised the crash happened between a pick-up truck and a car," Molendyk said.

A small fire started in one of the vehicles but was extinguished very quickly by one of the police officers at the crash site.

The North Okanagan Traffic Services Unit has taken over the investigation. They are being assisted by the Kelowna Traffic Services Units on the south side of the crash site. 

The highway will remain closed in both directions while units continue to investigate and determine the cause of this crash.

At the time of this release, there is no estimate as to when it will re-open. Traffic is being rerouted around the crash site by secondary roads.

The investigating officers are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash and have not spoken to the police to please contact them at 250 545-7171.

More details on the crash are expected tomorrow.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250)309-5230

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