A 27-year-old woman from Coquitlam is dead following a rollover on Highway 5 about 15 kilometres north of Merritt on Sunday.

Elizabeth Joan Savoie was a front-seat passenger in a Mazda 3 driven by a 30-year-old male at about 6:45 p.m. that day.

The car was headed southbound when it strayed to the left of the highway.

When the driver tried to correct the car, it skidded sideways before rolling several times across the highway and coming to rest in the west ditch facing the opposite direction.

The driver suffered minor injuries and Savoie was pronounced dead at the scene.

Highway 5 was closed for several hours to southbound traffic.

Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash.

Transport truck hits parked car, injuring two

On Monday, Sept. 1, Logan Lake and Merritt RCMP officers were called to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 5 about five kilometres south of the Lac La Jeune exit at about 5:30 p.m.

Two males, both aged 19, were injured when the parked car they were in was struck by a transport truck.

One of the males was airlifted to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops in critical condition. The other had minor injuries.

The car was believed to be parked on the side of the highway with mechanical issues, and was partially in the right-hand lane of the southbound side of the highway.

Speed is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

RCMP are continuing their investigation.

Bus crash update

Nearly half of the 43 people who were taken to Interior Health hospitals in last Thursday’s bus crash on the Coquihalla have been released.

However, three people remain in critical condition, while another two are in serious condition.

Seventeen people were released with minor injuries.

The tour bus was headed southbound on Highway 5 about 30 kilometres south of Merritt when it is believed to have hit the centre median, overcorrected and slid across the road, eventually coming to rest upright.

Fifty-six people were aboard the bus.

Nineteen ambulances and six helicopters transported the injured passengers to hospitals in Merritt, Kamloops and Kelowna.

No fatalities have been reported in the crash.

RCMP are still investigating the cause, and have ruled out speed as a factor.