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Fatal collision closed Trans-Canada Highway west of Sicamous

Fatal crash near Sicamous

UPDATE: 4:40 p.m.

RCMP say in a news release the collision involving several commercial tractor-trailer units, a cube van and motor vehicles on Highway 1 happened Saturday evening.

They say early investigation has determined that a chain-reaction collision started when an eastbound flat deck tractor-trailer unit jackknifed and completely blocked all lanes of the highway in both directions.

Mounties say six people were taken to hospital and one man was found dead, pinned between the unit he was driving and the trailer of a unit that came to rest in front of his.

The RCMP is working with the BC Coroners Service to identify the man and notify his next of kin.

The highway between Sicamous and Salmon Arm remained closed Sunday while crews worked to clear the roadway of vehicles and debris.

UPDATE 8:45 a.m.

Highway 1 remains closed in both directions west of Sicamous, reports DriveBC.

There is no estimated time of reopening.

Video posted to social media of the crash Saturday night shows a massive wreck involving multiple semi trucks.

Travellers moving between Salmon Arm and Sicamous are being told to take Highway 97A and 97B instead.

ORIGINAL 8:25 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed in both directions 8 kilometres west of Sicamous for 1.1 km due to a vehicle incident according to Drive BC.

The closure is between Canoe Beach Dr NE and Bernie Rd, a detour is in effect via Highway 97A Sicamous & Highway 97B Salmon Arm to Enderby.

Drive BC said an assessment is in progress and an estimate to when the highway will reopen is not yet available.

The next update is expected to to be on Sunday at 6:30 a.m.

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