UPDATE as of 6:30 p.m. – The highway is open in both directions.
5:10 p.m. UPDATE: According to Drive BC, the highway is still closed in both directions and is expected to reopen around 8:00 p.m. A Detour is available by heading North on 271 Road, then west onto 256 Road until Highway 97. If residents are heading south, turn east onto 254 Road, then follow until Montney and turn south onto 271 Road.
3:02 p.m. UPDATE: According to YRB North Peace LTD, the highway is expected to reopen at approximately 8:00 p.m. RCMP are still investigating the scene and there is no word yet on if there were any fatalities. Residents looking to travel north must use the detour on 271 Road and the Montney Highway. The detour is shown below:
The Alaska Highway is closed at Mile 56 due to a vehicle incident. Estimated to be open at 8pm tonight. Detour available using 271 road and Montney Highway as shown. Check #drivebc for updates. #yxj pic.twitter.com/zA8zMoa6kK
— YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) August 21, 2018
2:10 p.m. UPDATE: According to DriveBC.ca, officials are currently conducting an assessment at the scene of the crash, which is 15 kilometres north of Fort St. John. At this time, there’s no estimate on when the road will reopen, but an update is expected at 3:00 p.m. A photo from the crash scene shows a number of emergency vehicles are now at the scene.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Alaska Highway is closed in both directions north of Fort St. John this afternoon.
According to eyewitness reports, the crash happened shortly before 1:20 p.m. on Highway 97 at the Mile 55 marker, just north of the junction with Highway 29.
Eyewitnesses say that multiple vehicles appear to have been involved in the crash, including a logging truck that was photographed on its side in the ditch next to the highway.
Witnesses are also reporting that the highway is currently closed in both directions.
Corporal James Gray with the Fort St. John RCMP said that officers have been dispatched to the collision, and that no other details are available at this time.
This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.