On Friday morning at approximately 8:30 AM, Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP and Emergency Services attended to a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 97 just south of the Vernon Cadet Camp.
Via release, police say it was a southbound pickup, described as a red GMC, entered the opposite lane and crashed with an oncoming vehicle. The red pickup then collided with a second oncoming vehicle, a black Toyota SUV.
Two seniors from Vancouver, a 71 year old man and a 65 year old woman died on the spot. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.
Impaired driving is suspected as a contributing cause to this collision.
In another crash, on Friday at around 2:45am, Princeton RCMP and Emergency Services were at the scene of a single vehicle collision on Highway 3 east of Princeton near Bromley Rock.
Police say, a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with two occupants left the highway, went down an embankment and entered the Similkameen River where it partially submerged. A 19 year-old woman from the South Okanagan, died as a result of the collision. The second occupant, a 38 year-old man, was not injured.
Impaired driving is suspected as a contributing cause to this crash as well.
Anyone with more information about these crashes is asked to call the RCMP.