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UPDATE: RCMP investigate fatal crash north of Vernon

69-year-old Enderby driver of pickup truck died after crashing into dump truck
Highway 97A north of Vernon is closed due to an incident that occurred shortly after 12 p.m. Detours are in effect. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE July 13:

RCMP is investigating a fatal collision that occurred Highway 97A in Spallumcheen Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 11 a.m., July 12, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, and personnel from the BC Emergency Health Services and Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Rescue Services responded to a collision at the interchange of Highway 97 and 97A just north of Vernon.

The investigation has determined a pickup truck travelling northbound veered into oncoming traffic, striking two vehicles before colliding head on with a dump truck.

“Sadly, the driver of the pickup truck, a 69-year old Enderby man, was pronounced deceased at the scene,” media relations officer Const. Chris Terleski said.

The driver of the commercial vehicle was transported from the scene for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 97 was closed for several hours to allow emergency personnel to safely complete their work and for police to conduct their investigation. A member of the RCMP Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services (ICARS) team attended to conduct a full examination of the scene and is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dash-cam video, and has not already spoke to police, is asked to please contact the Armstrong office at 250-546-3028 and quote file number 2022-4172.


UPDATE 3 p.m.:

Southbound traffic is now moving along Highway 97A following a fatal crash north of Vernon.

Northbound traffic is still being detoured along Greenhow Road, above the Kamloops intersection.

The incident, involving a dump truck and pickup truck, is still being investigated by RCMP.

Southbound traffic from Kamloops is not affected.


ORIGINAL 12 p.m.:

Highway 97A at the north end of Swan Lake is closed due to a motor-vehicle collision between a dump truck and a pickup truck.

DriveBC says the incident is between the start of Highway 97A and Greenhow Road.

Assessment is in progress.

All traffic is being detoured via Greenhow Road.

Southbound traffic from Kamloops is not affected.

An update is expected at 1:30 p.m.

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