A two-vehicle accident on Highway 97

A two-vehicle accident on Highway 97

Drivers injured in head-on accident

A two-vehicle crash that closed Highway 97 south of Vernon for a time Monday morning sent both drivers to hospital.

A two-vehicle crash that closed Highway 97 south of Vernon for a time Monday morning sent both drivers to hospital.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., officers responded to a two-vehicle accident south of Bailey Road.

“Two single-occupant vehicles collided head-on,” said Cpl. Gerry Kovacs with the Vernon RCMP.

The driver of one of the vehicles is a 38-year-old Vernon woman who was taken to Kelowna General Hospital and was listed Tuesday morning in critical condition.

The driver of the other vehicle is a 20-year-old Vernon man who was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident involved a PT Cruiser and a Mazda.

Highway 97 was closed in both directions for a couple of hours.

The cause of the accident is unknown and an RCMP collision analyst was called to assist North Okanagan Traffic Services with the ongoing investigation.

“Police are still speaking with witnesses, and remain active in this investigation,” said Kovacs.

Traffic services investigators are asking anyone who has not spoken with police and witnessed the accident or driving behaviour of either vehicle prior to the accident to contact the Vernon detachment at 250-545-7171.