On Wednesday, December 9th at approximately 5:12 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a head-on motor vehicle collision south of Fairmont Hot Springs involving a semi and a Toyota sedan.

A 73-year-old male from Invermere operating the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. The 55-year-old male truck driver from Cranbrook received minor injuries and was released from the hospital.

The matter is currently being investigated by East Kootenay Traffic Services and the BC Coroner’s Services.

Cpl. JA Whitfield, Forensic Collision Reconstructionist of the Southeast District ICARS program, would like to remind motorists to drive appropriately for the road collisions. Cpl. Whitefield advises that his unit has responded to three fatalities and one serious motor vehicle collision in the past week.

Submitted by the East Kootenay Traffic Services in Cranbrook