June 4, 2014 10:43 pm

UPDATE: Victim in fatal crash near Vernon identified

UPDATE: The B.C. Coroners Service has identified the victim as Brian Victor Dolman, 64, from Oyama.

VERNON — Police are not releasing any names but say the driver of a Subaru that crossed the centre line before colliding head-on with a pick-up truck was from Lake Country.

The crash happened Wednesday afternoon on Highway 97 south of the Kekuli Bay turnoff where the southbound Subaru veered into the northbound lane — striking the pick up truck.

The driver of the Subaru died at the scene.

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Police say the Lake Country man was 64 but are not releasing his name.

It’s still not clear why his vehicle crossed the centre line.

There were two occupants in the pick-up truck.

Police say the 26-year-old driver has been released from hospital while the 24-year-old passenger remains in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Both are from Vernon.

The crash closed the highway for four hours.

The file has been turned over to the coroner service.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

VERNON–Highway 97 was shut down for nearly four hours Wednesday afternoon due to a fatal accident.

The crash caused one of the worst traffic tie-ups in recent memory, with vehicles backed up several kilometres on the highway and long waits on secondary roads.

It occurred around 2:30 p.m. just south of the Kekuli Bay turnoff.

A southbound Subaru appeared to veer left into oncoming traffic and struck a pick-up truck head-on.

The male driver of the Subaru, who is from the Okanagan area, died at the scene.

The driver of the truck and his passenger were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

North Okanagan Traffic Services and the Coroner Service are continuing with the investigation.

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