Highway 97 Fatal Crash Update

Vernon RCMP say the accident that shut down Highway 97 South of Vernon Sunday afternoon was a fatal.  

Police say a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 97 near Birnie Road south of Vernon happened just after 3pm.  Drive BC says the road was closed till 11pm. The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, along with BC Ambulance Service and Vernon Fire Rescue, responded to a motor vehicle incident where three vehicles collided.  RCMP say Good Samaritans were administering first aid to those injured, however one woman died as a result of her injuries.  Others who were injured were transported to the nearest medical facility.

“The investigation into this tragic incident is still on-going, however it is alleged by witnesses that one vehicle was driving dangerously just before the incident occurred,” Says RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett. “The road was closed for hours in order for the RCMP Collision Analyst to attend and examine the scene.”

Brett says seven people were in the three vehicles involved in the collision, but the status of other injured parties was unknown Monday morning.