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Enderby Child Saved From Burning Van By Good Samaritan, Woman Killed (VIDEO)

07/18/2013 12:26 EDT | Updated 09/17/2013 05:12 EDT
ENDERBY, B.C. - Crash analysts are picking through the remains of a fiery wreck near Enderby, B.C., north of Vernon, that killed a 49-year-old Enderby woman, but left a two-year-old boy almost unhurt.

The crash occurred late Wednesday afternoon and closed Highway 97A, south of Enderby for nearly six hours.

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Peggy (Margaret) Irene Ann Armstrong, 49, of Enderby by BC Coroners Service on Thursday.

Vernon RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says a Chevrolet Astro van was seen weaving on the highway, almost hitting a motorcycle just before crossing the centreline and slamming head-on into an oncoming transport truck.

Molendyk says officers want to know if the woman suffered a medical condition or if there were contributing factors that led to the crash.

The van burst into flames after spinning into a nearby field and police say a Good Samaritan shattered a van window to rescue the two-year-old, who was still strapped into his car seat.

The trucker, a 36-year-old Peachland man, barely had time to brace himself before the van hit, and suffered broken wrists as he clutched the steering wheel on impact. (CHNL, CKIZ)

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