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Accident closes down Highway 97 in Vernon

A motor vehicle accident shut down a major North Okanagan route for a few hours Wednesday.

Police had to divert traffic after a Chevy Cobalt  allegedly ran a red light and collided with a Suburu Legacy at 30th Avenue and 32nd Street (Highway 97) at 3:22 a.m.

“It caused a lot of inconvenience for motorists because that’s the major highway through town,” said Gord Molendyk, Vernon RCMP spokesperson.

The woman driver was trapped inside the Cobalt.

“The Jaws of Life were used to get her out,” said Molendyk.

Both her and the male driver of the Suburu were taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police believe alcohol may be a factor in the accident.

Police eventually took down barricades and the highway was reopened to traffic at about 6:30 a.m.

 

 

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