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Two dead in separate motorcycle crashes in southern Interior

Original Publication Date June 27, 2022 - 11:04 AM

Two crashes caused fatalities in the B.C. southern Interior this past weekend, one in Kamloops and the other near Merritt.

On Sunday, June 25, at around 9 p.m., the Kamloops RCMP responded to a collision between a motorcycle and a deer in the 700 block of Tod Road.

“Despite efforts of first responders the female passenger was unfortunately declared dead at the scene,” Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dana Napier said in a media release.

Anyone with information related to the collision or anyone with video footage from dash cams is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-8328-3000.

That same day, the B.C. Highway Patrol responded at 5:35 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 5A near Quilchena Ranch outside of Merritt.

"Upon arrival it was determined that an SUV had pulled to the side of the highway, stopped briefly, then made a U-turn and failed to see an oncoming motorcycle with two riders. The motorcycle collided with the side of the SUV and the male driver of the motorcycle died as a result," Halskov said via email.

The passenger of the motorcycle, a woman, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Both riders were from the Lower Mainland. The driver of the SUV, a Kamloops woman, was not injured.

Police are continue to investigate the crash.

— This story was updated at 1:54 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2022, with new information from RCMP clarifying the location of the Kamloops collision.

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