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Crews attend to one of two vehicles involved in a crash on Highway 97 near Oyama Thursday morning. The accident has closed the highway until further notice. - Bruce McAuliffe/morning star
Crews attend to one of two vehicles involved in a crash on Highway 97 near Oyama Thursday morning. The accident has closed the highway until further notice.
— image credit: Bruce McAuliffe/morning star

An accident on Highway 97 near Lake Country Thursday morning may have been caused by driver inattention.

The two-vehicle crash happened at 8:30 a.m., and the highway was closed for almost two hours.

Police investigation has revealed that a Honda Civic travelling southbound on Highway 97 had drifted off road to the right soft shoulder and then veered left, over-corrected, crossed the centre line and struck a northbound minivan head-on.

A witness told police the driver of the Honda may not have been paying attention to the road.

The 42-year-old driver of the Honda Civic was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with serious internal injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The 32-year-old driver of the minivan and an adult male passenger received minor injuries and were also transported to hospital. Both have since been released.

Both drivers and the passenger are from Kelowna.

“Once all of the information is gathered, police will be able to determine the cause of the collision and if the driver was distracted and not paying attention to the roadway,” said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Ann Morrison.

Alcohol is not considered to be a factor.

Thursday’s accident was the latest in a string of crashes on area roadways.

Power was knocked out to hundreds of homes in Vernon and Coldstream Wednesday evening, after a Hyundai SUV crashed into a power pole on Kal Lake Road, near Browne Road, at around 7:15 p.m.

The impact broke the pole and arced its power wires.

The driver, a 42-year-old Vernon woman who was very close to her home at the time of the accident, was given a 24-hour suspension by RCMP for suspected impairment by drugs. She was not hurt.

Power was restored after three hours.

Earlier that day, a 59-year-old Vernon man was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with undetermined injuries following a single-vehicle rollover accident in the 11800 block of Westside Road.

Police report the driver was trapped in the vehicle and unconscious for a time after his car left the roadway and rolled.

Traffic analysts were called in to investigate after the man’s vehicle was discovered to have had a flat rear tire. They were checking to see if the tire caused the rollover or was flattened in the crash.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

A 50-year-old Lumby woman was the lone occupant of a vehicle that failed to negotiate a right curve on Highway 6, approximately 70 kilometres east of Lumby Tuesday night, and went off the road left.

The woman had been towing a boat and trailer. Police report the driver over-corrected trying to get back onto the highway, sending the boat off the trailer. Both the boat and vehicle went down an embankment.

The driver suffered minor injuries.

Police were looking to see if speed and driver inexperience with a trailer played a part.

 

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