Lake Country council demands action after fatality

On Saturday, a 48-year-old Kelowna woman died during a head-on collision on Highway 97 at 12:46 p.m.

The latest death along Duck Lake has the District of Lake Country increasing its call for action.

On Saturday, a 48-year-old Kelowna woman died during a head-on collision on Highway 97 at 12:46 p.m.

“We wonder why people keep drifting (over the centre line) and we wonder when medians are going in?” said James Baker, Lake Country mayor.

A rash of accidents and deaths along Duck Lake led Lake Country council in the summer to demand the Ministry of Transportation install concrete medians along the route, similar to what has been done between Coldstream and Oyama.

“Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer,” said Baker of the discussions between the district and the ministry.

But while he would like medians installed soon, he admits the ministry faces challenges.

“They have all of Highway 97 to look after and they have to prioritize projects,” said Baker.

“It will happen eventually and hopefully it will be before there are any more accidents.”

According to witnesses, Saturday’s accident occurred when a southbound Volkswagen Tiguan crossed two lanes of traffic and struck a northbound commercial vehicle that had been travelling in the outside lane.

The force of the collision disintegrated the front end of the Volkswagen and caused extensive damages to the commercial truck. The woman driving the Volkswagen died at the scene.

The two occupants of the commercial truck both suffered relatively minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

The RCMP are assisting the coroners service in the investigation.


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