On Friday, July 19 at approximately 4 p.m. a white Chevrolet Blazer was east bound on Hwy 3, two kilometres east of Keremeos. A second white SUV was stopped making a left turn and was waiting for oncoming traffic.
The SUV waiting for traffic managed to turn into the adjacent driveway. The Chevrolet Blazer had attempted to evade collision with the stopped vehicle and lost control. The Chevrolet Blazer crossed over the centre line and collided with an oncoming Saturn 2-door car. The impact caused the SUV to roll onto it’s side into the adjacent orchard.
A male passenger in the Chevrolet Blazer was partially ejected and was taken by air ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital with serious life threatening injuries.
The drivers of the Chevrolet Blazer and the Saturn were taken to Penticton and Oliver hospitals for treatment. Two other male passengers in the Chevrolet Blazer received minor injuries.
The driver of the Chevrolet Blazer was a 36 year old female from Vancouver, the driver of the Saturn was a 25 year old female from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The three male passengers are foreign nationals and police are making attempts to locate next of kin. No names are being released at this time.
Due to the serious life threatening injuries involved, South Okanagan Traffic Services are investigation this incident. Any witnesses are encouraged to call 250-499-2250.
File No: 2013-3370