Update: 2:30 p.m.
Highway 97 has been reopened as crews finished clearing the roadway between Birnie and Clerke roads following a vehicle fire on the highway. The highway closure was extended while RCMP investigated the scene.
Update, 9:30 a.m.
Highway 97 is closed in both directions south of Vernon.
Earlier this morning, DriveBC received reports of a vehicle fire on the highway near Vista Road.
Around 9:30 a.m., it announced the highway was closed in both directions due to a vehicle incident between Birnie and Clerke roads.
The two-vehicle crash is serious and police are currently investigating, said Const. Chris Terleski, media relations officer with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.
A detour has been established and all traffic is being directed to Mission Road and Commonage Road.
A vehicle fire is impeding southbound traffic on Highway 97 near Vernon.
DriveBC reported a vehicle was on fire near Vista Road at 8:46 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15.
At that time, crews were on their way to the scene and motorists were told to expect delays.