Motor vehicle accident turns fatal on Highway 97 at Duck Lake

Route was closed in both directions as two RCMP traffic analysts investigated the scene

A tragic head on collision, at the south end of Duck Lake on Highway 97 took the life of a Manitoba woman Saturday.

At just before 8:30 a.m., emergency crews were called to the scene and found a pickup truck engulfed in flames and on its side, and a white sedan with severe front end damage.

“According to witnesses, the Dodge pickup was travelling southbound in the fast lane and was observed slowly veering across the painted median and into the path of a northbound white Ford sedan, who tried to avoid the pickup,” said Const. Steve Holmes, with the RCMP.

“The force of the head-on impact caused the pickup to roll in the northbound lane, coming to rest on the passenger side and pinching the front end of a black Pontiac sedan. The pickup caught fire and passersby were able to get the pickup driver, a 33-year-old Comox area man, out of the vehicle as it burned.”

The occupants of the white sedan, a man and woman from Manitoba both in their 6os, were trapped and needed to be extricated by fire crews using the Jaws of Life.

The male driver suffered extensive serious head injuries and was taken to Kelowna General Hospital. The female passenger died at the scene.

The pickup driver was taken to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and the driver of the black Pontiac was uninjured.

Highway 97 was closed in both directions as two RCMP traffic analysts investigated the scene. Traffic flow was restored at 1:15 p.m.

“Police believe speed may have been a factor and are investigating to find out why the pickup crossed into the oncoming lane,” said Holmes.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or was travelling southbound at the time of the collision to contact Const. Prommer at 250-980-5353.