UPDATE: 19-year-old in critical condition after serious crash in Westwold

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VERNON - A 19-year-old man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after the truck he was in collided with a farmer’s tractor in Westwold.

The crash happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday, Feb. 25, when a 67-year-old Westwold man was attempting to cross Highway 97 in a farm tractor, RCMP Sgt. Dave Bell with North Okanagan Traffic Services says.

A pickup truck following behind collided with the tractor on a 90 km/hour straight stretch coming into the town of Westwold.

The 20-year-old man driving the truck was fine, but his 19-year-old passenger was badly injured when the bucket of the tractor hit the vehicle.

“The passenger in the pick-up sustained serious head injuries and was airlifted to Kamloops hospital,” Bell says.

Bell says the teen underwent surgery last night and was considered to be in critical condition.

Drugs and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash, but Bell says speed has not yet been ruled out.

“We don’t know at this point in time if the pickup was attempting to pass the tractor and we’ll be looking at that as well,” Bell says.

The 67-year-old driving the tractor was not hurt.

B.C. Ambulance responded with two ground ambulances and an air ambulance.

The highway was closed in both directions until 10 p.m.

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

This story was updated at 1:41 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, 2015 to add details from RCMP Sgt. Dave Bell.

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