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Two vehicle collision causes injuries on Hwy. 97 Friday afternoon
A female driver from Oliver was seriously injured and removed by ambulance after a two-vehicle collision on Hwy. 97 north of Osoyoos on Friday afternoon.
There were no fatalities. The accident occurred around 3 p.m. just south of Graveyard Hill.
Witnesses said a woman driving a red Honda Civic with B.C. plates was passing aggressively. The car collided with a black Ford F150 truck with B.C. plates. This twisty section of road has a double solid line throughout.
Osoyoos RCMP said the red vehicle was northbound and the truck was southbound when the red vehicle crossed the centre line and hit the truck head on.
There was one female in the car and three people in the pickup truck. All were transported to hospital in Oliver. The female from the car is from Oliver and had the most severe injuries, RCMP said. The other three, from North Vancouver, had minor injuries. Because of the severity of the accident, they were taken to the hospital to be checked over.
The accident is still under investigation and the cause is not yet determined, although it appears to be human error, the RCMP said.
Graveyard Hill was the scene of a fatal two-vehicle collision almost exactly a year earlier on Aug. 6, 2013 and has been the scene of other accidents over the years on the twisty roadway.
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Osoyoos firefighters and BC Ambulance personnel extricate a victim from a two-vehicle collision on Hwy. 97 north of Osoyoos on Friday afternoon. The injured person was taken by ambulance, but no fatalities have been reported. (Colten Pighin photo)