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Elderly man killed in crash

UPDATE: 5:25 p.m.

An 87-year-old man from the Upper Fraser Valley died in this morning's crash on Highway 97 in Lake Country, RCMP confirm.

Emergency crews were called to the scene south of Oceola Road at 7:35 a.m. for a report of a head-on collision. Witnesses told police a grey Chevrolet Impala crossed the highway centre line and hit a northbound Chrysler 300.

The 87-year-old driver of the Impala died on the way to hospital after slipping into cardiac arrest.

“Efforts remain underway to locate and properly notify the deceased’s next of kin,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey

The driver of the Chrysler, a 52-year-old Alberta man, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

“Both vehicles are slated for mechanical inspections and will remain part of the still ongoing investigation, now being led by the BC Coroners Service,” said O’Donaghey. “Investigators are mindful, and have yet to confirm whether or not a medical emergency suffered by the 87-year-old behind the steering wheel, may have been a contributing factor in this tragic crash.”


UPDATED: 11:17 a.m.

Highway 97 has reopened following a crash Sunday morning in Lake Country.


UPDATED: 9:37 a.m.

Castanet is receiving reports that Highway 97 going northbound at Lodge Road is closed due to the crash.

It's unknown when the road will reopen at this time.

Detours are available.


ORIGINAL: 8:12 a.m.

Castanet has received a news tip of a vehicle crash which occurred near Lake Country this morning.

Emergency crews were on scene of the crash on Highway 97 going north at about 7:45 a.m, said a witness.

At least two people were believed to be taken to hospital by ambulance.

It's unknown the extent of their injuries or what caused the crash.



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