Fatal collision closed Highway 97

Two-vehicle crash claims one life near 70 Mile on Jan. 19

One driver was killed and another driver was taken to hospital following a major motor vehicle incident (MVI) that closed a section of Highway 97 between 100 Mile House and 70 Mile House for most of the day on Jan. 19.

The collision happened around 8:15 a.m. and involved two vehicles on a four-lane roadway about 20 kilometres north of 70 Mile House.

There was one occupant in each vehicle. The deceased was in the northbound vehicle, which crossed over into the path of the southbound vehicle, according to police.

The driver of the southbound vehicle was transported to hospital and that person’s condition was unknown.

RCMP members from Clinton and 100 Mile House were on scene of the MVI. A collision re-constructionist from Kamloops and an Ashcroft Traffic Services investigator were brought in to examine the scene.

The highway was reopened at around 3:30 p.m.

The detour route took drivers from 70 Mile House to North Green Lake to 83 Mile and out to Highway 97 at the bottom of Mount Begbie.

100 Mile House Fire-Rescue were paged to the scene, however the page was cancelled as one of its members was on scene just minutes after the collision. There was no entrapment with either vehicle. Its sole member assisted ambulance with medical care.

100 Mile House Free Press