Fatal crash causes highway closure east of Chetwynd

The location of Wednesday's crash on Highway 97. Photo by Drive

UPDATE as of 5 p.m. – The Highway is now open in both directions.

CHETWYND, B.C. – A collision just before 11 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 97 east of Chetwynd has left one person dead.

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 confirmed that the driver of the car died in the collision.  The RCMP are still investigating the collision and haven’t released any further details.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the highway remains closed, but says it should be open by 5 p.m. mountain time.

A detour was in place using Highway 29 through Hudson’s Hope and Fort St. John.