A 72-year-old man died Saturday as result of a single vehicle rollover. West Kootenay Traffic Services said that the vehicle, which had two occupants, went off the road five kilometres west of the Nancy Greene junction. The truck slid off the road, rolled and hit a tree after an attempt to overtake a slower vehicle.
Police said the driver was deceased at the scene. The 68-year-old passenger and wife of the driver was taken to Boundary Regional Hospital with minor injuries. The accident occurred at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Cst. Shayne Orr, West Kootenay Traffic Services, said that the RCMP would like to thank the passing vehicles that stopped to help the couple.
Orr also wanted to remind people of the road conditions in the area that can change quickly.
“Please leave plenty of time as you travel towards your holiday destinations so that you and your loved ones make it home safely,” Orr said.
Update: Police today released the names of the couple involved in the fatal accident. The two people involved were long-time Kimberley residents William and Faye Almack.
RCMP said that they were travelling from Kimberley to Kelowna and lost control of the Chevrolet Silverado Pickup.
William was pronounced dead upon emergency service arrival.