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One killed in crash

UPDATE 3:00 p.m.

DriveBC has confirmed that Highway 97 is now cleared in both directions.


UPDATE 1:40 p.m.

RCMP are now confirming this morning's crash that closed Highway 97 south of Peachland was a fatal.

Cpl. Joe Duncan says about 9 a.m. a Toyota collided head on with a tractor-trailer unit.
 
The male driver of the Toyota was killed, and a female passenger was transported to Kelowna General Hospital in serious condition. The male driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured. 
 
It's not yet known what caused the crash. 

RCMP South East District Traffic Services and Reconstructionist Services continue to assist the B.C. Coroners Service in the investigation.


UPDATE 12:30 p.m.

Kelowna RCMP now say Highway 97 was not reopened to alternating traffic at the scene of a fatal collision south of Peachland.

However, traffic is moving via nearby Brent Road.

They still say the highway should be fully open in 45 minutes.


UPDATE 11:45 a.m.

Highway 97 has been partially reopened to single-lane, alternating traffic south of Peachland.

Police say the highway should be fully open within 45 minutes.

RCMP and emergency personnel are still on scene, following a serious head-on collision.


UPDATE 11:15 a.m.

Highway 97 south of Peachland is closed right now after fatal collision.

Witness on the scene say the three vehicle accident involved a small white sedan, a large semi truck and one other vehicle.

Cpl. Joe Duncan says a RCMP traffic reconstructionist is on the way. 

A motorist on the scene says the white sedan allegedly tried to pass another vehicle and hit the semi head on.

According to DriveBC, the highway is specifically closed in both directions 12 km north of Summerland. The highway is expected to be closed for several hours.

There is currently a single lane alternating detour available and traffic is backed up significantly in both directions– the next update is expected at 11:30 a.m. 

We will have more details as they become available. 

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