Collision closes road

A Vernon resident is in hospital with extensive injuries after a two-vehicle accident.

RCMP officers investigate a crash on Silver Star Road between a Chevy Cobalt and Ford F350 Monday just before 11 a.m. up past Keddleston Road. The Jaws of Life were used to free the female driver of the car

RCMP officers investigate a crash on Silver Star Road between a Chevy Cobalt and Ford F350 Monday just before 11 a.m. up past Keddleston Road. The Jaws of Life were used to free the female driver of the car

A Vernon resident is in hospital with extensive injuries after a two-vehicle accident.

A 19-year-old woman was first taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital and then transported to Kelowna General Hospital after the collision between her Chevrolet Cobalt and a pickup truck on Silver Star Road, near Keddleston Road, Monday at about 10:40 a.m.

“The woman was going up the hill and there’s some indication that she may have crossed into his lane but the investigation is still ongoing,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

The Jaws of Life were required to remove the woman from her vehicle.

“It was not an easy time getting her out,” said Molendyk. “There are some indications she may have broken bones.”

The condition of the woman was not known at press time. It’s believed the driver of the pickup truck did not sustain any apparent injuries.

As a result of the accident and the emergency response, Silver Star Road was closed for three hours. It reopened to one lane and ultimately both lanes were opened.

Molendyk says the accident created some challenges for motorists.

“There is always traffic on the road but midday is lighter than first thing in the morning or later in the day,” he said.