Hwy 97 crash between car, transport truck left one dead

One dead in Hwy 97 crash

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. 

The crash that closed Highway 97 near Summerland for hours Thursday afternoon took a life. 

"RCMP determined a southbound vehicle had lost control and was hit by a northbound transport truck," RCMP Cpl. Mike Halskov told Castanet. 

"The passenger in the car died at the scene and the driver was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries."

The truck went off an embankment, but the driver was able to escape relatively unharmed. 

Halskov said that currently there is "nothing criminal in nature" about the incident that the RCMP can see, and said the tragedy may have had to do with "a bit of speed and road conditions."

UPDATE: 4:04 p.m.

Highway 97 is now clear after a major crash. 

DriveBC reports traffic is moving in both directions. 

UPDATE: 4 p.m.

DriveBC is estimating Highway 97 could reopen by 5 p.m. at the scene of a serious crash between Peachland and Summerland.

UPDATE: 2:35 p.m.

A Castanet reader stuck in the lineup says police told her the highway would be closed for several hours.

At least eight emergency vehicles have now arrived on scene.

Castanet will continue to update the story as new information becomes available.

UPDATE: 2:15 p.m.

Castanet has confirmed Highway 97 is closed in both directions following a serious collision Thursday afternoon just north of Summerland.

Trevor Rushka was heading to Kelowna when he saw the crash occur.

He says a sedan spun out, tried to correct and slid into the oncoming lane where it was hit by a semi on the driver's side.

The semi went over the embankment on the lake side.

Another witness said the semi was also destroyed in the crash.

More information when it becomes available.

ORIGINAL: 1:55 p.m.

Castanet is receiving reports of a serious collision on Highway 97 between Summerland and Peachland.

The crash apparently occurred just north of the landslide area.

The highway has been closed southbound.

Apparently, northbound traffic is getting through.

Emergency crews are on the scene.

No word on the severity of any injuries.

Castanet will have more details as they become available.

-with files from Wayne Moore, Chelsea Powrie

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