Police and firefighters are responding to a collision on Highway 97B near Mellor’s Store. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer) Police and firefighters are responding to a collision on Highway 97B near Mellor’s Store. (Google maps image)

Collision on Highway 97B claims life

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on March 11 the RCMP were called to a crash near Mellors Store

Update, Monday, March 11: RCMP Traffic Services have corrected their original statement – only one person has died as a result of today’s collision on Highway 97B, not two as originally reported by police.

RCMP Traffic Services have confirmed the collision which closed Highway 97B near Mellor’s Store in Ranchero on March 11 resulted in a fatality

Police and other emergency services were called to the scene of the collision at approximately 2:30 p.m. When they arrived, police determined that a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle had collided head-on. Police have confirmed an occupant of the passenger vehicle was killed as a result.

Read More: Collision blocks Highway 97B near Mellor’s Store

Read More: Update: Collision cleared at intersection of Highway 1, Highway 97B

The highway is closed while the RCMP collision analysis and reconstruction team, the BC Coroner’s Service and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement service investigate the incident. According to the RCMP, the collision is still under investigation and nothing is being ruled out.

The highway will remain closed for some time and motorists are being asked to follow the direction of traffic control personnel to access the detour that is available.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Trans Canada East Traffic Services (TCETS) Revelstoke at 250-344-2221.


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