On the afternoon of November 10, another fatal crash took place on Highway 6 around eleven kilometres from Nakusp toward Burton. This time, it wasn’t a lone car leaving the road into the ditch but a head-on collision occurring when the driver of a black four-door car pulled out to pass another vehicle, hitting Burton resident Rita Jane Sundstrom’s vehicle in the oncoming lane. Sundstrom, who was travelling alone in her car, died as a result of her injuries.
A statement released by the RCMP revealed that the black car was passing on a double solid line, and alcohol was a factor in this tragic accident.
Initial investigation at the scene closed traffic on Highway 6 to one lane traffic for six hours, and the investigation is ongoing.