Submitted by Sgt. D. G. Erichsen
East Kootenay Traffic Services
On Wednesday, August 3rd at 7:05 p.m., a fatal motor vehicle collision occurred on Highway 93/95 south of Canal Flats. The collision occurred when a southbound rental van carrying four male passengers pulled out to pass a commercial vehicle tow truck. In attempting to pass, the driver of the rental van placed his vehicle in the direct path of a northbound Ford Mustang. The Ford Mustang was driven by an 83 year old male who was accompanied by his wife.
The resulting collision, which involved all three vehicles, resulted in the death of the 83-year-old man and minor injuries to two of the four men travelling in the rental van.
The highway was closed for 7.5 hours as police and Collision Reconstructionist investigated the collision. The matter is being investigated by East Kootenay Traffic Services.
The name of the deceased, an American citizen, is being withheld at this time.
Police would like to remind everyone that the highways are currently experiencing peak vehicle volume. Everyone is reminded to remain vigilant, patient, and obey all traffic signs while driving.