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Vernon man killed in crash near Kamloops

Monte Lake collision closed Highway 97 for several hours

A head-on collision on Highway 97 in the Monte Lake area claimed a life Monday morning.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and other emergency personnel responded to a serious collision in the 3000-block of Highway 97 shortly before 10 a.m. on June 19.

“The investigation has determined a small Hyundai passenger vehicle travelling west on Highway 97 crossed the centre line of the road and into the oncoming lane, colliding head-on with a pickup truck towing a travel trailer,” said Const. Chris Terleski, media relations officer. “Sadly, the driver and lone occupant of the Hyundai, a 33-year old Vernon man, was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

The occupants of the pickup truck were transported from the scene by BC Emergency Health Services for treatment of minor injuries.

Highway 97 was closed for several hours to allow emergency personnel to safely complete their work and for police to complete their investigation.

READ MORE: Highway between Vernon and Kamloops opened


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