Fatal crash closes down Hwy 97A Monday night

RCMP say a man died when his car collided with a semi on Highway 97A near Enderby Monday. Jeff Martin/ Global Okanagan

NEAR ENDERBY, B.C. – RCMP said one man was killed when a car collided with a semi on Highway 97A Monday afternoon at 5:20 p.m., about eight kilometres north of Enderby near Grindrod.

A southbound semi hauling a load of hay struck a Pontiac Sunfire traveling northbound. The car’s sole occupant, a 61 year old man, died at the scene.

Police said they are investigating which vehicle crossed the centre line.

“Right now it’s still under investigation,” said Cpl. Dustin Maetche, a Vernon RCMP accident re-constructionist. “Until we get clear understanding of what occurred tonight, it would be premature for me to make that conclusion.”

Cpl. Maetche was not able to provide more information about the identity of the man who died.

It is unclear if the man driving the semi was injured, but the semi sustained significant damage to the driver’s side.

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Road conditions were said to be good at the time of the crash.

Traffic was shut down between Enderby and Sicamous and rerouted to Highway 97B toward Salmon Arm.

The highway re-opened at 10:40 p.m. after RCMP investigators completed their work.

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