May 4, 2014 8:58 pm

UPDATE: Head on crash kills young Vernon boy

UPDATE:  Police say the victim of Sunday’s head-on collision on Highway 97 in Lake Country was a 14-year-old Vernon boy.

The two vehicle crash happened at around 4 p.m. near Crystal Waters Road where a northbound Sunfire crossed the centre line before hitting a southbound SUV.

“According to witnesses, the Pontiac was moving with the flow of traffic when it suddenly swerved left across oncoming lanes and impacted the Dodge pickup,” says Cst. Kris Clark.

He says the force of the collision caused the truck to overturn onto its roof while the Pontiac was sent into the ditch on the southbound side of the highway.

“Tragically, the passenger of the Pontiac, a 14-year-old Vernon boy, sustained fatal injuries and was found to be deceased at the scene. The driver, a 17-year-old Vernon boy, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was air-lifted to the Kelowna General Hospital.”

Clark says the passenger in the pickup truck, a 25-year-old woman from Lumby, also suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries while the driver, a 26-year-old Lumby man, was relatively unscathed.

Police have ruled out alcohol and speed as the causes of the crash.


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UPDATE:  One person is dead following a head-on crash on Highway 97 in Lake Country.

The incident happened at around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Crystal Waters Road.

Authorities say both vehicles were completely crushed as a result of the violent impact — leaving an SUV on its roof.

Initial reports suggested that four people were injured.

There were two people in each vehicle.

Officials now confirm that one of the victims has died.

No names have been released.

More details are expected.

Original story: 

OYAMA–A serious crash shut down Highway 97 in Lake Country late Sunday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the scene around 4 p.m., near the intersection of the highway and Crystal Waters Road.

Police are not confirming details, but it appears the vehicles were involved in a head-on collision.

Both vehicles were completely crushed.

There are reports of four victims involved. There is no word on their condition.

One person was flown to hospital by air ambulance.

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