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Rollover kills passenger

North District RCMP say speed and alcohol may have played roles in a single-vehicle rollover that killed a 21-year-old Valemount woman on Wednesday evening.
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North District RCMP say speed and alcohol may have played roles in a single-vehicle rollover that killed a 21-year-old Valemount woman on Wednesday evening.

The woman was ejected from the vehicle when it went off the road on Highway 16 by the Penny Access Road east of Purden Lake, Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said.

She said the vehicle was seen proceeding in an erratic manner prior to the crash and when police arrived they found it in a ditch on its roof. The woman was airlifted to hospital where she later died.

The driver, a 41-year-old man also from Valemount, suffered minor injuries. Names of the two were not provided.

RCMP were called to the scene just after 5 p.m. and the stretch remained closed for about six hours in both directions to allow investigators to gather evidence. The investigation continues, Saunderson said.