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Manitoba Woman Killed in Fiery B.C. Crash

September 2, 2014 8:05 AM | News

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A Manitoba woman was killed over the Labour Day long weekend north of Kelowna, B.C.

The head-on crash happened Saturday morning at the south end of Duck Lake on Highway 97.

According to local online news outlet Castanet, emergency crews were called to the scene and found a pickup truck engulfed in flames and on its side, and a white sedan with severe front end damage.

Witnesses told the website a Dodge pickup was travelling southbound in the passing lane and was observed slowly “veering” across the painted median and into the path of a northbound white Ford sedan, who tried to avoid the pickup.

The 33-year-old Comox man driving the pickup was able to get out with the help of passersby. The Manitoba couple in the white sedan, both in their 60s, were trapped and needed to be extricated by the jaws of life.

The man suffered extensive head injuries and was taken to hospital. The woman succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

No names have been released.

Police believe speed may have been a factor and continue to investigate.