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Three Killed in a Head-On Collision on Highway 97 Near Vernon

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Apr 16, 2013

A Vancouver car accident attorney at McComb Witten recently read about a fatal crash that occurred on Highway 97, just north of Bailey Road near Vernon.

According to police reports, a Chevrolet pickup truck driving northbound swerved across the central line and hit a southbound Volvo station wagon head on.

The driver of the Volvo, a 70-year-old man from Salmon Arm, and a passenger in the pickup, a 19-year-old Armstrong man, died at the scene of the crash. The 67-year-old wife of the Salmon Arm man was airlifted to a Kelowna General Hospital. Initially, police reported that she was in critical condition. Sadly, the woman died in the hospital days later from injuries she sustained in the North Okanagan collision.

The 21-year-old truck driver, of Spallumcheen, also went to the hospital with serious injuries.

Authorities are still trying to figure out exactly what happened and why.

Gord Molendyk, of the RCMP’s Vernon/North Okanagan detachment, told reporters that poor road conditions were probably not to blame: “It was dry, it was a beautiful day.” He wondered aloud: “Was there a mechanical issue? Was there a medical issue?” He said that the RCMP plans to speak with the 21-year-old truck driver. The police are actively working to reconstruct the accident to figure out what went wrong. They do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident.

The Vancouver car accident lawyers at McComb Witten send sincere condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in this tragic accident.

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