UPDATE: Two confirmed dead after Bombi MVI Monday
On Monday, March 4, at approximately 3:15 p.m., members of the West Kootenay Traffic Services along with Salmo and Castlegar Detachment attended to a two-vehicle head-on collision on Hwy 3 near the summit of the Bombi Pass between Castlegar and Salmo. Investigators have completed a preliminary investigation and confirmed that a westbound Nissan Xterra occupied by the driver and two passengers crossed over the centre line and collided sideways into the front of an eastbound Ford F150 occupied by only the driver.
Both female drivers received non-life threatening injuries. Sadly, a 45 year old female passenger of the Nissan from Castlegar and the 12 year old son of the driver of the Nissan from Salmo were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Highway 3 was closed for several hours while emergency personnel completed examination of the scene. The road was icy in that location and is considered a contributing factor to the collision.
Sergeant Chad Badry with the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic said, As we start to see warming temperatures during the day, and freezing temperatures at night or in the shade, I would like to remind drivers to be cautious and diligent in addition to ensuring their vehicles are still well equipped for winter.”
The RCMP will be working with the Coroner to determine the cause of the collision.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call West Kootenay Traffic Services at 250-354-5180.