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Head-on crash kills West Kelowna woman

Head-on crash kills 85-year-old West Kelowna woman

  • Mar. 25, 2017 4:53 a.m.

UPDATE: March 27

A West Kelowna woman is dead after a fatal crash on Highway 97, Saturday.

The 85-year-old was involved in a head-on-collision with another vehicle near Monte Lake about 2:30 p.m.

The woman was the sole occument of a 2000 Buick Century and was declared deceased at the scene.

Travelling southboung was a GMC pick-up truck driven by a 27-year-old man from Kamloops who was accompanied by a 23 year-old Kamloops woman, neither of whom suffered any physical injuries.

According to RCMP initial scene examination noted that the collision occurred in a curve with the elderly woman having encroached into the opposite lane. Weather and road condition were not considered a factor.

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– Kamloops this Week

UPDATE:

The estimated time of Highway 97 reopening is 9 p.m.

Check DriveBC for updates.

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A crash five kilometres south of Monte Lake has closed Highway 97, the main route linking Kamloops to Vernon.

The accident occurred at about 2:50 p.m. on Saturday.

Two ambulances were at the scene and one left without sirens at about 3:30 p.m. A BC Air Ambulance was also seen in the area.

DriveBC said there is a detour available for northbound vehicles travelling toward Kamloops. The detour is at Chase-Falkland Road. For southbound vehicles heading toward Vernon, there is no detour.

DriveBC said there is no estimated time of reopening the highway, with the next update scheduled for 5 p.m.