RCMP have released more information on Thursday’s tragic two-vehicle collision near Clinton which resulted in a double fatality.
Media relations South East District Corporal Dan Moskaluk says Clinton RCMP received a report of the incident on Highway 97 approximately 20 kilometers north of the community at 6:49 pm.
The collision involved a Southbound 2011 Volkswagen driven by a 20-year-old Vernon man and a Northbound 1990 Freightliner truck hauling a b-train driven by a 38-year-old Prince George man.
Scene examination and witness accounts confirm that the VW crossed the center line at which time the driver of the truck attempted to avoid a collision by driving onto the shoulder.
The VW struck the front corner of the Freightliner truck at which time the truck rolled over into the northbound ditch and caught fire. The driver of the truck did not exit the vehicle and perished. The impact caused the VW to roll over into the Southbound ditch with the driver suffering fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The collision caused the closure of Hwy 97 until late Friday.
“The Clinton RCMP continues to assist the BC Coroners Services with their investigation into the men’s death,” said Moskaluk in a media release.