UPDATED: Three people dead after head on collision in South Okanagan

Three people are dead after vehicles collided on Highway 97 just north of Osoyoos on Tuesday.

Three people are dead after vehicles collided on Highway 97 just north of Osoyoos on Tuesday.

RCMP said early on Tuesday afternoon a 1994 Dodge Caravan, approximately three and a half kilometres north of Osoyoos, crossed the centre line and collided head on with a 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe. Sgt. Harold Hallett said the lone occupant of the Caravan, 63-year-old Judy Jackson, was deceased at the scene, as well as 60-year-old Diane Lee, who was a passenger in the Hyundai. The adult male driver of the Hyundai, 78-year-old Bernard Lee, was initially listed as in critical condition but later died at the South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver.

RCMP said the investigation is ongoing as to why the Dodge crossed the centre line.

“The highway at that location is undivided, one lane northbound and one lane southbound. Alcohol and speed are not believed to be factors,” said Hallett.