British Columbia

Driver dead after crash between transport truck and SUV on Hwy 97 in West Kelowna

RCMP say it appears the truck pulling a semi-trailer crashed into a white Hyundai Tucson from behind minutes before 2 a.m.

Collision happened in early morning hours

RCMP are investigating after an overnight crash between a semi and an SUV left one man dead in West Kelowna, B.C. (GP Mendoza/CBC)

A man is dead after a crash between at truck pulling a semi-trailer and an SUV in West Kelowna, B.C., early Friday. 

RCMP said it appears the semi crashed into a white Hyundai Tucson on Highway 97 between Bartley Road and Daimler Road just before 2 a.m. PT.

The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. His lone passenger was taken to hospital in critical condition.

RCMP said the driver was working for a local designated-driving service at the time of the crash. The man has been identified, but his name isn't being released as his next of kin haven't been notified.

A statement said the truck driver stayed at the scene and is co-operating with RCMP.

Highway 97 was closed for about six hours as RCMP collision specialists investigated the crash. The road re-opened just before 8 a.m. PT.

Any witnesses who haven't already spoken to Mounties are asked to call 250-491-5354.