Major crash closes Hwy 97

UPDATE: Monday

Police have issued the driver of a red Mazda CX-9 a violation ticket for failing to yield, following a serious crash on Highway 97, Sunday.

The driver, an 88-year-old man from Lantzville, suffered fractured ribs. His wife, who was in the passenger's seat, was also injured. Both were taken to hospital.

The impact of the crash sent the second vehicle involved, a black Honda Civic, down an embankment on the east side of the highway. The driver, a 22-year-old man from Grindrod, sustained a fractured lower leg and was also taken to hospital.

The accident closed the highway for hours, backing up traffic all the way to Lake Country.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene, and the file remains under investigation by police.

UPDATE: 8:07 p.m:

Vehicle incident 10 km south of Vernon is now clear. 

UPDATE: 6:19 p.m: 

Vehicle incident 10 km south of Vernon is clear. Expect delays due to traffic congestion. 

A serious crash has closed Highway 97 at Bailey Road, near Predator Ridge golf course. 

All northbound traffic has been shut down and southbound traffic has been diverted from Vernon at Commonage Road. 

DriveBC says the crash is 10 kilometres south of Vernon.

The intersection is a notorious one, and the scene of several fatalities.

Stefanie Friesen was on her way back from a Costco trip when she arrived at the scene moments after the crash happened. 

"We came around the corner and witnessed a black Honda Civic leaving the road and going down an embankment," Friesen said. "A red Mazda CX-9 (was) rolling off toward Bailey Road."

Friesen said she immediately went to the assistance of the man in the Civic. She thinks he suffered a broken leg. That could not be confirmed by RCMP or the fire department. 

Firefighters had to cut the doors off to extricate the Honda driver. Two elderly people were in the Mazda. Their condition is unknown at this time, but all three were taken to hospital by ambulance.

There is no estimated time of opening, and an accident scene assessment is in progress.

RCMP are diverting traffic at Hospital Hill. 


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