An accident on Highway 1 near Juniper Beach east of Cache Creek has taken the life of a Cariboo-Chilcotin woman.

The accident occurred around 1 pm on Wednesday (Oct. 16). Cst. Mike Halskov of RCMP E Division Traffic Services says the 23-year-old woman was westbound on Highway 1 and appears to have crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a pickup.

The pickup driver was seriously injured but is expected to recover.

The highway was closed and did not fully reopen fully until 10 pm.

Halskov says they have not determined why the driver crossed the center line.