Vehicle crossed centreline in fatal crash east of Chetwynd

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CHETWYND, B.C. — Mounties say that a vehicle crossing the centreline was a major cause of Wednesday morning’s crash near Chetwynd that left a man dead and another person seriously injured.

The crash happened on the Hart Highway roughly 18 kilometres east of Chetwynd at around 10:50 a.m. yesterday. Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said that a Ford Taurus was travelling northbound on Highway 97 towards Dawson Creek when the driver lost control in a turn and drifted over the centre line, colliding with a semi-truck hauling hay that was heading southbound.

The driver of the Ford, man whose age or city of residence is unknown, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Highway 97 was closed in both directions for just over six hours while police investigated, causing heavy delays for motorists. The road reopened to traffic at around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.

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