UPDATED AT 12:40 P.M. SEPT. 1…
Central Okanagan Traffic Services continue to investigate a two-vehicle crash at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The highway was closed for almost two hours but the scene has been cleared.
Investigation has revealed that a Honda Civic traveling southbound on Highway 97 had drifted off-road to the right soft shoulder and then veered left, overcorrecting, crossed the center line and struck a northbound minivan head-on. Witnesses also report that it appeared as though the driver was not paying attention to the roadway.
The 42-year-old driver of the Honda Civic was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with serious internal injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
The 32-year-old driver of the minivan and an adult male passenger received minor injuries and were also transported to hospital. Both have since been released.
Both drivers and the passenger are from Kelowna.
Investigation continues and police did speak to several witnesses at the scene. Once all of the information is gathered, police will be able to determine the cause of the collision and if the driver was distracted and not paying attention to the roadway.
Alcohol is not considered to be a factor.
Vernon Morning Star