UPDATED: Crash closes Highway 97 east of Chetwynd in both directions until Wednesday evening

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UPDATE as of 4:15 p.m. – The RCMP have confirmed one person has died in the collision.  The Highway should be open by 5 p.m. mountain time. Read the latest update here.

UPDATE: DriveBC.ca estimates that Highway 97 will reopen between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

CHETWYND, B.C. — A collision has closed Highway 97 in both directions roughly 18 kilometres east of Chetwynd.

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According to Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP the crash happened at around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday and involved a car and a tractor trailer unit. She said that as of 11:20 a.m. officers were already at the scene, with more en route, though there was no word yet on the number of people involved or whether there were any fatalities.

Cpl. Saunderson said that the highway remains closed in both directions until further notice. A detour around the collision is only possible via Highway 29 through Hudson’s Hope. Officials with the federal Ministry of Public Works say that blowing snow and poor visibility, especially when meeting vehicles, has been reported on the Alaska Highway heading north towards Fort Nelson. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once more information becomes available.

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