The West Kootenay Traffic Services attended a fatal vehicle accident on Highway 3 involving two Salmo residents

Salmo senior killed in collision

The Salmo RCMP and West Kootenay Traffic Services attended a fatal car crash on Highway 3, three kilometres west of Salmo this morning.

An 83-year-old Salmo man died Friday in a crash on Highway 3, three kilometers west of the village.

RCMP say the man lost control of his vehicle at about 8 a.m. The vehicle went into the oncoming lane, striking another vehicle. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hadn’t been released as of noon Tuesday.

The lone occupant of the eastbound vehicle, a 50-year-old Salmo woman, was transported to hospital in Trail with what police described as “minor injuries.” However, family and friends disputed that characterization, saying she has a broken clavicle, broken vertebrae that will require three months rehabilitation, broken ribs, and extensive bruising.

Roads were slippery at the time. Police continue to investigate.