One fatality in highway collision

An 83-year-old man has died after colliding head-on with another vehicle on Highway 93/95 near Canal Flats on Wednesday evening.

  • Aug. 4, 2016 7:00 p.m.

An 83-year-old American citizen is dead after a collision on Highway 93/95 Wednesday evening.

CMP are reporting the motor vehicle collision occurred just south of Canal Flats just after 7 p.m.

The accident happened when a southbound rental van carrying four passengers pulled out to pass a tow truck. In trying to pass, the driver of the van put his vehicle right in the path of a northbound Ford Mustang, which was being driven by the 83-year-old, accompanied by his wife.

The crash involved all three vehicles, and resulted in the death of the driver of the Mustang. Two of the four men in the rental van sustained minor injuries, RCMP said in a press release.

The highway was closed for seven and a half hours as police and a Collision Reconstructionist investigated. East Kootenay Traffic Services is continuing the investigation.

The name of the deceased, an American citizen, is being withheld at this time.

Police want to remind everyone that the highways are currently experiencing peak vehicle volumes.

Everyone is reminded to stay vigilant, patient, and to obey all traffic signs while driving.