Early-morning vehicle collision in Jaffray results in fatality

On Sunday morning at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Cranbrook Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 3/93 in the community of Jaffray, B.C.

The collision occurred when an east bound pickup truck crossed the centre of the roadway, for unknown reasons, and into the path of a semi truck hauling passenger vehicles.

The pickup truck was carrying three female persons including a 13-year-old youth. The collision resulted in the death of the driver of the pickup, a Grand Forks area female, severe injury to the 13-year-old girl and non-life threatening injuries to the second female passenger of the pickup truck and the semi truck driver.

The collision is currently under investigation by the Cranbrook Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with assistance from East Kootenay Traffic Services, Collision Reconstructionists and the British Columbia Commercial Vehicle Inspectors Service.

According to RCMP on scene, the roadway at the time of the collision was clear and dry. The causes of the collision are to be determined.

Police would like to remind drivers to take frequent breaks when driving in order to remain fresh and alert.