March 20, 2015 - 12:28 PM
UPDATE: 12:25 p.m., March 20, 2015
The B.C. Coroners Service has identified the driver as Donald George Alford.
4:27 p.m., March 18, 2015
ASHCROFT - A man is dead after the taxi he was driving crashed into a sheer rock face on Highway 97C Tuesday afternoon.
Ashcroft RCMP say the 63-year-old Cache Creek man was westbound between Ashcroft and Cache Creek when he crossed the centre line and made contact with the rock face on the south side of the highway around 5:30 p.m. There were no passengers in the vehicle.
The highway was closed in both directions for about five hours while local emergency services, along with the B.C. Coroners Service and an RCMP re-constructionist investigated.
RCMP are asking witnesses to contact Cpl. Andrew West of the Central Interior Traffic Services Unit at 250-453-2216.
Motorists are also being reminded to always wear their seatbelts and to be mindful of the posted speed limits. The speed limit on the stretch of highway by the Ashcroft Bluffs is 80 kilometres per hour.
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