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(UPDATE: March 22 @ 11:40 am) – A person who police reported had died in a multi-vehicle crash on Hwy 33 just east of Kelowna on Tuesday night is still alive.
Shortly after 11 am, Cst. Mike Moore provided an update and said all four victims remain in the Kelowna General Hospital with various injuries. The person previously reported as dead is in "grave condition," police noted.
At about 6 pm on Tuesday evening, two people in a newer model blue Ford Escape SUV were driving westbound toward Kelowna when, for unknown reasons, crossed the centre line into oncoming traffic.
They collided with a white 2018 Dodge ram pickup truck, which was driving east away from Kelowna.
“Police are actively investigating this matter and information is subject to change,” says Cst. Mike Moore in a statement.
“If you witnessed the collision or have dash-cam video of the collision, or dash cam video of the road conditions heading into town along Hwy 33 at that time, please contact Cst. James Ward of BC Highway Patrol Kelowna at email@example.com.”
(Original story: Mar. 22 @ 6:35 am) – Police have confirmed that the multi-vehicle crash on Hwy 33 Tuesday night was fatal.
It happened in the Joe Rich area, just east of Kelowna, around 6:15 pm.
According to the BC Highway Patrol, a newer-model Ford Escape SUV with two occupants was heading westbound towards Kelowna when it crossed the centre line for “unknown reasons.”
It collided head-on with a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup, which also had two occupants, in the eastbound lanes.
All four people involved in the crash were transported to Kelowna General Hospital with significant injuries, where one has since died.
“Sadly, once at the hospital, the passenger from the Ford Escape succumbed to their injuries and passed away,” said Cst. James Ward.
Next of kin notifications have been completed and police continue to investigate the fatal crash.
Hwy 33 was closed throughout the night but opened around 3 am.
The BCHP is urging anyone who witnessed the collision, or has relevant dash cam footage that could assist the investigation, to contact Cst. Ward by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.