RCMP said a Nelson man suffered serious injury following head-on collision on Highway 3A Friday afternoon, near Grohman Narrows.
The accident happened at approximately 4:50 p.m. a few kilometers west of Nelson.
RCMP said members of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit attended the two-vehicle head-on collision. Investigators have completed a preliminary investigation and confirmed that a westbound Honda CRV occupied by only the driver crossed over the centre line and collided head-on into an eastbound Toyota Rav4 also occupied by only the driver.
“The 40-year-old male driver of the Honda from Nelson was ejected from his vehicle and suffered serious critical injuries,” the RCMP media release said. “The 36-year-old female driver of the Toyota was not seriously injured. A third vehicle, a Toyota 4-Runner from Washington was also hit and received minor damages with no injuries to the occupants.”
RCMP said snowy conditions hampered the investigation and are considered a contributing factor to the collision. The collision closed Highway 3A for a few hours as traffic was re-routed on Granite Road.
“Our road contractors work hard to make the roads safe, but I cannot underscore the importance of driving to the conditions and always wear a seatbelt,” said Sergeant Chad Badry with the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic.
“Our Although the days are getting longer, we will experience winter conditions on our roads for some time yet. The RCMP are continuing their investigation this week into the crash.”
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call West Kootenay Traffic Services at 250-354-5180.