RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services are currently investigating a fatal two vehicle crash, which occurred Wednesday afternoon, March 21, on Hwy 1, 10 kms south of Spences Bridge. One driver died as result of injuries sustained and a young child received non life threatening injuries.
At around 3:45 pm on Wednesday, the Lytton RCMP and Central Okanagan Traffic Services responded to a report of the collision near Gold Pan provincial park. The collision required authorities to close Hwy 1 in the area until 9 pm that evening while RCMP traffic investigators and a collision reconstructionalist completed the scene examination. Weather and road condition were clear sunny with dry roads.
Witness accounts indicate that the head-on collision occurred when a southbound red 1993 Plymouth Sundance compact sedan attempted to pass a vehicle on a double solid line and pulled out into the immediate path of an oncoming northbound 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. Witnesses added that the Sundance had been speeding and passing on double solid lines for several kilometres.
The 22 year old Coquitlam man who was driving the Plymouth sedan and sole occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of his injuries. The Toyota pick up truck had a family of three in the vehicle, the male driver was accompanied by his wife and young daughter, with the child possibly suffering from a fractured limb. All three were transported to an area medical facility by ambulance.
The Southeast District Traffic Services is continuing their investigation of the collision.