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UPDATE: No charges pursued in North Okanagan crash that claimed life of Vernon teen

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February 06, 2018 - 11:14 AM

NEAR VERNON - A car crash claimed the life of an 18-year-old Monday evening.

RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says police were called to the scene of the crash at Highway 6 and King Edward Forest Service Road just after 6 p.m. yesterday, Feb. 5. Two vehicles were involved, a minivan and a pick-up, Brett says. 

The driver of the minivan, an 18-year-old Vernon woman, died as a result of the collision. The surviving passenger of the minivan was a 12-year-old Vernon girl who received minor injuries. The driver and sole occupant of the truck was a 67-year-old Vernon man who also suffered only minor injuries. Both were transported to the nearest medical facility by B.C. Ambulance Service for treatment, Brett says. 

"Investigation revealed the minivan, travelling east bound, lost control crossing the centre line and ultimately collided with the truck, travelling west bound," Brett says. "The condition of the highway at the time of the collision was very poor, causing emergency vehicles to slow significantly when responding to the incident as to ensure their own personal safety."

The highway was closed for approximately five hours while the scene investigation was completed and reopened just after midnight. The next of kin of the 18-year-old have been notified.

"The investigative findings into the collision indicate that there is no evidence to support charges against the driver of the truck," Brett says. 

 Drive B.C. issued a warning for slippery sections on Highway 6 Tuesday. 

“RCMP are asking motorists to use extreme caution when traveling on the highway as road conditions are very poor,” Brett says. 

— This story was updated at 11 a.m. Feb. 6, 2018 to include more details from the RCMP. 

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