Update 2:30 pm: A fatal motor vehicle collision occurred on Highway 97 south of Prince George at approximately 9:10 this morning (Thursday).
According to RCMP, one logging truck and two other vehicles, an SUV and a pickup truck, had collided resulting in the logging truck spilling its load on the highway.
One fatality has been confirmed and another person has been taken to hospital.
The BC RCMP’s Traffic Services section will be leading the investigation and say that the cause is currently undetermined.
RCMP, Prince George Regional Traffic Services, Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement officers, WorkSafe BC, and the BC Coroners Service are aiding in the investigation.
The incident happened between Patterson Road and Courval Road, about 8 kilometers south of Pineview.
Due to the presence of logs and vehicles on the highway, it is closed with no detour available.
It remains unclear when the road will reopen, although Drive B.C is reporting that traffic will be moving by 8:00 tonight.
Previous: A “serious motor vehicle collision” has occurred on Highway 97 south of Prince George around 9:00 this morning (Thursday).
The incident happened between Patterson Road and Courval Road.
No detour is currently available, and RCMP are reporting the highway is “expected to remain closed for a number of hours”.
Updates will be made available on DriveBC.
UPDATE – #BCHwy97 remains closed due to vehicle incident 21 km south of #PrinceGeorgeBC between Courval and Patterson Roads, 8 km south of Pineview. No detour available. Estimated time of opening: 8 PM PST.
Information here: https://t.co/Mtuh45a9K3 pic.twitter.com/Yy5UtXAYvv
— Drive BC (@DriveBC) February 20, 2020
(With files from Justin Madu, MyPrinceGeorgeNow.com)