Road condition may have played role in fatal collision

The condition of the road may have contributed to a fatal collision south of the city, a coroner said in a report on the incident. A 21-year-old local man was killed in the March 23, 2018 crash on Highway 97 at Buckhorn Lake Road. He was the passenger in a northbound car when, at about 7:15 a.m., a southbound pickup truck went out of control while turning into left-side turning lane, spinning counterclockwise into the oncoming vehicle, coroner Danny Scoular said in the report.

Speed of the car was estimated at 87 to 94 km/h and 87 to 100 km/h for the pickup.

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Why the pickup went into the oncoming lane was undetermined, but Scoular noted the roadway was covered in compact snow and ice at the time.

A snowfall that began at 10 p.m. the night before ended at 4 a.m. and the last application of sand occurred at 4:30 a.m. Scoular classified the death as accidental but also said the condition of the road "may have been a contributing factor."

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