Fatal Collision Claims Life of 65-Year-Old Man

(Bradley Jones, Summit107.com staff)

A 65-year-old man has died following a single-vehicle collision north of Radium Hot Springs on Wednesday, with RCMP believing the driver was in medical distress prior to the collision.

Sgt. Chad Badry with West Kootenay RCMP Traffic Services spoke to Summit 107 on behalf of the RCMP that responded to the collision on Highway 95 about three kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs.

Badry said East Kootenay RCMP Traffic Services and Columbia Valley RCMP both responded to the scene just after 7:30 am on Wednesday, June 19th.

"Unfortunately the driver was non-responsive and was deceased. It's a 65-year-old male from Brisco," Badry told Summit 107. "We believe that it was a medical incident that resulted in his vehicle crashing."

According to Badry, the man's Ford Fusion crossed the centre line and came to rest overturned on an embankment.

"This is obviously a tragic incident for the driver's family and it's difficult for any of the emergency responders who have to deal with this kind of thing," said Badry. "We're very happy that no one else was injured, that it wasn't a collision with another vehicle."

The BC Coroner's Service is now investigating the collision to determine the exact circumstances of what transpired.

Audio: Sgt. Chad Badry, West Kootenay RCMP Traffic Services

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