Vernon and North Okanagan
Jul 18, 2013 / 4:08 pm
"Wednesday afternoon at about 4:05 p.m., the North Okanagan RCMP were called to a two-vehicle MVA on Hwy 97A, south of Enderby. A Chevy Astro van was traveling northbound. A witness who was travelling behind the van observed it weaving on the road and crossing the center line. The witness told police the van crossed the center line and went completely into the southbound lane where it almost hit a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was able to avoid colliding with the van by pulling onto the shoulder of the road.
After passing the motorcyclist, the van continued in the lane where it collided head on with a southbound semi-truck pulling a trailer. Witnesses said the van spun several times before coming to a rest in the ditch. The left side of the van immediately caught fire. Witnesses to the accident ran to the van and were able to remove a two-year-old boy from a car seat in the back of the van; he sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash. They were unable remove the driver before the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. The driver of the van was a 49-year-old Enderby woman.
The semi-truck and trailer came to rest in the ditch and the driver, a 36-year-old man from Peachland, was taken to hospital for treatment as he sustained broken wrists in the crash.
The RCMP and the BC Coroners service continue to investigate this file. The name of the van's driver is expected to be released by the Coroner after all next of kin have been notified."
Update: Highway 97A reopened at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
At least one person is dead as a result of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97A just south of Enderby.
RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says the crash occurred late Wednesday afternoon involving a semi transport and a van.
The van was sent into a field and burst into flames.
Molendyk says a child was able to escape the vehicle.
"I can confirm it is a fatality," says Molendyk.
"I can't says at this time how many people have died."
Two people have been taken to hospital with what have been described as minor injuries.
Highway 97A is closed in both directions. Vehicles are being detoured around the scene.
Castanet will have further details when they become available.
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