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Victim a local woman

UPDATE: 5 p.m.

This morning's crash on Highway 33, near Cardinal Creek, claimed the life of a 30-year-old local woman, police say.
 
The woman's Pontiac sedan appeared to lose control, according to witness accounts, police say. It travelled into the oncoming lane, where it collided head on with a westbound Dodge pickup, sending the pickup into the ditch. 
 
A 24-year-old male and 22-year-old female in the truck, from the Lower Mainland, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Kelowna General Hospital.

The woman in the car did not survive her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
The highway was closed for 2 1/2 hours while investigators examined the scene and emergency crews cleared the wreckage.


UPDATE: 12:50 P.M.

Highway 33 near Cardinal Creek Road is again open to traffic in both directions.


UPDATE: 11:50 a.m.

Highway 33 remains closed, according to DriveBC. 

A previous small amount of traffic that was allowed to pass did not result in full opening up of the road.

No time of reopening has been given as investigation of the crash scene continues.


UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.

RCMP at the scene of a head-on crash on Highway 33 confirm there was one fatality in the collision.

Cst. Steve Holmes said the accident occurred shortly after 9:30 Friday morning on Highway 33 near Cardinal Creek Road.

"It involved a small burgundy sedan and a red pickup truck. One person is deceased in one of the vehicles. The occupants of the other vehicle were taken to Kelowna General Hospital with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries," said Holmes at the scene.

The investigation is just beginning.

The highway is going to be shut down for the time being to allow the analyst to complete his investigation.


UPDATE: 10:45 a.m.

Traffic is reported to be starting to move on Highway 33, in a single lane.

However, motorists report a huge back-up of stopped vehicles still remains.


ORIGINAL

One person has reportedly died in a two-vehicle incident on Highway 33, in Joe Rich.

Two cars are said to have gone off the highway just prior to 10 a.m., east of the switchback, near Falconridge Crescent.

Occupants of the vehicles have been pulled from the cars, and a medevac helicopter was dispatched from Kamloops. 

One of the injured is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest and did not survive. The second casualty reportedly has minor injuries, so the helicopter is expected to stand down.

Recovery crews are headed to the scene, and the highway has been closed in both directions.

Firefighters and police are on scene.

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