UPDATE #6: Highway 97 is now reopen in both directions as of 2:53 p.m.
UPDATE #5: DriveBC now says that the estimated time for the road to reopen is 3:00 p.m.
UPDATE #4: Energeticcity.ca has gotten several reports from motorists that say they have been stuck in the detour around the North Taylor Hill for upwards of one hour. We are attempting to reach officials with the Ministry of Transportation to confirm the delays, and if those back-ups will be cleared before the highway reopens.
UPDATE #3: DriveBC says that Highway 97 should be reopened by 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.
UPDATE #2: Sgt. Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP has confirmed that one person is dead after this morning’s collision. Sgt. Tyreman said that at this point, there’s no word on when the highway will reopen, as a collision investigator and officials with the BC Coroners Service are currently at the scene investigating.
UPDATE – The RCMP have released the following statement: “As of 0810 a.m. The Highway (97) will be closed for an undetermined amount of time due to a serious collision (possible fatality) on the North Taylor Hill.”
TAYLOR, B.C. — A motor vehicle incident has closed the Alaska Highway at the North Taylor Hill the morning.
Reports about the crash came in to Energeticcity.ca shortly after 8:00 a.m. Sgt. Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said that officers have been dispatched to the scene, but that police have no details at this time.
The Alaska Highway is currently closed in both directions at the North Taylor Hill, and traffic is being re-routed via Cherry Ave., Peaceview Rd., 242 Rd., and Baldonnel Rd. This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once more information becomes available.