News

Driver dies after veering into icy lake

An ambulance travels southbound on Highway 97 beside Wood Lake Wednesday afternoon. Police have confirmed a 58-year-old Salmon Arm woman died after veering off the road and becoming submerged in the lake. - Wade Paterson/Black Press
An ambulance travels southbound on Highway 97 beside Wood Lake Wednesday afternoon. Police have confirmed a 58-year-old Salmon Arm woman died after veering off the road and becoming submerged in the lake.
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Black Press

BARRY GERDING

Black Press

A 58-year-old Salmon Arm woman died Wednesday after her Jeep TJ lost control along Highway 97 and veered into Wood Lake.

Lake Country RCMP received a report that a vehicle had gone off the highway into the lake at 1:10 p.m.

Witnesses reported the jeep was travelling northbound on Highway 97 when it began to fishtail. The driver was unable to regain control of her vehicle before it left the roadway and became submerged in Wood Lake.

A group of passing motorists attempted to pull the vehicle from the water with use of ropes and chains attached to a commercial truck, but the ropes snapped causing the jeep to roll back into the icy water.

The chains were again attached to the vehicle as RCMP members arrived on scene. The vehicle was stabilized while two police officers entered the freezing water and made several unsuccessful attempts to extricate the driver.

With continued assistance from the motorists, police were able to remove the driver and transfer her to a waiting ambulance.

She was rushed to hospital, but could not be resuscitated.

Highway 97 between Winfield and Oyama was closed in both directions for the duration of the investigation as traffic was diverted along the east side of Wood Lake from Oyama to Winfield via Oyama Road to Woodsdale Road.

According to an undisclosed report, the vehicle was about 90 per cent submerged in the water about 15 feet off the Wood Lake shoreline, opposite Ponderosa Road.

At least two others were reported to be getting treatment at the scene for hypothermia. Police have confirmed the driver was the only person in the vehicle when it crashed into the lake.

Central Okanagan Traffic Services members continue to assist the BC Coroner’s Service in this investigation.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Doctors prescribe additional hospital beds
 
Liberal leader wows the crowd
 
Bourque to serve at least 75 years in prison
James Elliott running for city council
 
Thriller flash mob
 
Archaeological open house July 13 at Lemon Creek Pithouse Village
Purple hats for purple crying
 
Frozen beef burgers recalled for possible E. coli contamination
 
Telethon dials up support for kids

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 31 edition online now. Browse the archives.