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Highway 3 reopens west of Castlegar after fatal crash

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Highway 3 has reopened 13 kilometers west of Castlegar following a two-vehicle collision this morning that claimed one life.

RCMP say the crash happened shortly after 5 a.m. between a pickup truck and a transport truck.

They believe the driver of the pickup truck hit an elk and then veered into the path of the oncoming vehicle.

The 75-year-old lone occupant of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release the victim’s gender or hometown.

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The lone occupant of the transport truck was treated for injuries on scene, they added.

The highway was closed entirely until about 10:30 a.m. and then re-opened to single lane traffic. Both lanes are now open.

Police are helping the BC Coroners Service with their investigation and ask anyone with information to contact them at 250-365-7721.

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