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Woman dead, children in critical condition in Coquihalla crash

A woman in her 70s died at the scene and two children with life-threatening injuries
A serious crash on the Coquihalla July 17 claimed the life of one woman and left several, including children in critical condition. (File photo)

Officials are continuing their concurrent investigations into the serious rollover crash that claimed a life of a woman in her 70s and sent four others to hospitals with some having life threatening injuries.

The multi-vehicle collision happened July 17, just after 8:30 a.m., along the southbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway 5, south of the Portia brake check.

“First responders arrived on scene to find a heavily damaged grey Mazda CX-9 on its side,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP. “Two adults and two children sustained varying degrees of injuries, all serious and many considered to be potentially life threatening in nature.”

Both adults were air-lifted to Lower Mainland hospitals. At last update, both the man and woman were in emergency surgery.

One of the two children was taken to BC Children’s Hospital in critical condition, while the other was taken to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening bodily injuries.

No further information is expected to be released by officials.

For the morning, both directions of the Coquihalla were closed and later in the day northbound lanes were opened, but south remained closed for most of the day.

Witnesses or those with dash camera footage are asked to contact the BC Highway Patrol Chilliwack at 604-702-4039.

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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