Alaska Highway traffic still being diverted following fatal crash

A photo of the accident scene near Charlie Lake this morning. Photo by supplied.

UPDATE: The Alaska Highway has been fully reopened in both directions.

CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – One man is dead following a fatal crash on the Alaska Highway this morning.

At approximately 1:00 a.m., a pickup travelling northbound on the highway struck the centre median and rolled near the Charlie Lake Store. The vehicle’s lone occupant, a 23 year-old Charlie Lake resident, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained life-threatening injuries. Police believe that he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The injured driver was transported to hospital by paramedics but he died a few hours later from his injuries. His name has not been released.

The highway remains closed to traffic in both directions while police continue their investigating into what caused the collision. A detour has been set up on the Charlie Lake Frontage Road. It has not been determined when the highway will reopen.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.