Kamloops woman in fatal crash identified

The driver of a Ford Escape killed in a collision with a pickup truck near Chase Thursday morning has been identified.

Acting regional coroner Chico Newell said Friday the 38-year-old woman was Pamela Xanphe Jones of Kamloops. She was alone in the vehicle.

Jones was driving her 2006 Escape 11 kilometres east of Chase on the Trans-Canada Highway when she apparently lost control and slid into the westbound lane.

There, a 2002 Ford Explorer pickup truck was being driven by an 80-year-old man from Chase. He was taken to Royal Inland Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after his truck struck Jones's Escape just behind the driver's door.

The collision totalled both vehicles and Jones died at the scene at 9:40 a.m.

Roads were snowy and icy at the time and crashes were frequent throughout the day.

RCMP Cpl. Mike O'Flynn of Central Interior Traffic Services said in a press release snow was falling and the highway had some snow coverage and icy sections.

Both vehicles had winter tires and police don't believe alcohol or drugs were factors.

Newell said toxicology is being done as a routine consideration.

But the cause of Jones's death was determined to be consistent with injuries she suffered in the accident.

O'Flynn issued a reminder that even with winter tires, drivers need to be aware of the road conditions and reduce their speed.

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