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UPDATED: 6:10 p.m.

A Gofundme page has been set up for the family of a teen killed in a car accident Monday near Lavington.

The page, which was set up by Anna Nividenskiy, identifies Rebecca Kimmel as the 18 year old who tragically died in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 6.

A statement on the page says: “On February 5, 2018 a tragic loss occurred in the household of Alex and Tatyana Kimmel. In a family of nine kids, their second eldest child and loving daughter Rebecca passed away in a car accident, while driving on the road due to icy conditions. In this sudden and distressing time we ask you to join in their grieving process and lend a helping hand with the finances of the funeral. Please keep them in your prayers and God Bless you.”

UPDATED: 11:18 a.m.

Poor road conditions played a factor in a two-vehicle crash Monday night that ultimately claimed the life of an 18-year-old woman. 

The crash happened around 6 p.m. on Highway 6 east of Vernon at the junction of the King Edward Forest Service Road.

Vernon RCMP Const. Kelly Brett says the woman was driving a minivan when it appears she lost control and collided with a pickup truck. 

"The investigation revealed the minivan, travelling eastbound, lost control crossing the centre line and collided with a truck, travelling westbound. ...The condition of the highway at the time of the collision was very poor, causing emergency vehicles to slow significantly when responding to the incident as to ensure their own personal safety."

A passenger in the minivan, a 12-year-old Vernon girl, suffered minor injuries.

A 67-year-old man driving the truck also suffered only minor injuries.

Both the girl and the man were taken to hospital by BC Ambulance Service. 

The highway was closed for several hours while the scene investigation was completed. 

The next of kin of the 18-year-old woman has been notified.

"The investigative findings into the collision indicate that there is no evidence to support charges against the driver of the truck," stated Const. Brett. "No further information is being released."

ORIGINAL: Feb. 5, 2018

A collision east of Vernon on Highway 6 has claimed the life of a young woman.

RCMP remain on the scene of the fatal two-vehicle collision near the intersection of King Edward Forest Service Road.

The crash happened just after 6 p.m., claiming the life of an 18-year-old female.

"Highway 6 is currently closed at this location, however is expected to reopen within the next few hours," says Const. Kelly Brett. "All traffic is being rerouted to Buchanan Road."

Road conditions are said to be very poor.

A police collision analyst is on scene as the investigation continues.

DriveBC estimates the highway should reopen by 11 p.m.

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