Highway 97 is closed south of Vernon due to an accident. (Google Maps image)

UPDATE: One dead, others injured in crash on Highway 97 south of Vernon

The highway was closed from just after 3 p.m. until after 11 p.m. Jan. 6

Update: 9:15 a.m.

One woman has died as a result of a three vehicle accident on Highway 97 Sunday.

Vernon- North Okanagan RCMP, along with BC Ambulance Service and Vernon Fire Rescue, responded to a motor vehicle incident where three vehicles collided on Highway 97 near Birnie Road just after 3 p.m. Upon officers arrival, good Samaritans were administering first aid to those injured, however one woman died as a result of her injuries. Other injured parties were transported to the nearest medical facility.

“The investigation into this tragic incident is still on-going, however it is alleged by witnesses that one vehicle was driving dangerously just before the incident occurred,” said RCMP Const. Kelly Brett. “The road was closed for hours in order for the RCMP Collision Analyst to attend and examine the scene.”

A total of three vehicles and seven people were involved in the collision. The status of other injured parties is unknown.

Update: 6:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7

After being closed for more than seven hours due to an accident, Highway 97 re-opened south of Vernon shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday.

There is currently no word on any injuries sustained in the crash.

Original

A crash has forced the closure of Highway 97 about six kilometres south of Vernon.

According to DriveBC, the accident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday between Clerke Road and Birnie Road.

The road is closed with a detour available via Kal Lake Lookout Road. DriveBC estimates that the highway will be closed until 11 p.m. Sunday. The next DriveBC update is at 10 p.m.

There is currently no word on the cause of the accident or any reported injuries.

Related: Crashes reach ‘all-time high’ across B.C.: ICBC

More to come.



parker.crook@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WATCH: Hollywood actor Chris Pratt shows Kamloops love on social media

The filming of Jurassic World 3 is underway in Merritt and area

Regional district contributes cash for Falkland rink roof

Columbia Shuswap Regional District chipping in $50,000

From Vernon to Vegas: Upper Room Mission raffle tickets up for grabs

Fundraiser grand prize winner will be announced Friday, Feb. 28

Little damage in Vernon collision

Two vehicles involved in incident near rec centre

Vernon Mounties ready for Pink Shirt Day

RCMP donned in pink to share messages of kindess in local schools

VIDEO: Minister says consider coronavirus outbreak when planning for spring break

Foreign Affairs minister points to rash of new cases appearing in places like Italy and Iran

B.C. man who pulled a gun on off-duty cop gets two years in prison

Encounter also led police to a home where 100 guns and explosives were found

Flip-flopping pleas in Surrey man’s 2018 murder in West Kelowna

Following an shocking guilty plea on Feb. 25, Tejwant Danjou applied to retract that plea on Feb. 26

Neskonlith chief lays blame for ongoing protests at feet of Justin Trudeau

Secwepemc leader hopes others will follow CP’s lead in asking prime minister to talk to Wet’suwet’en

Human rights complaint against Shuswap grocer dismissed

Former Food Network competitor was scheduled to work on her Sabbath

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy

Our reactions to a forestry downturn reflect the past, not the present

Caught on camera: Police release video of man who allegedly stole seaplane in Vancouver

Police say the man broke into the Harbour Air terminal and then got into one of the seaplanes in the harbour

51 health professionals send letter to Trudeau, Horgan panning northern B.C. pipeline

They point to studies about the health and climate change risks from pipeline

Most Read