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Investigation into cause of rockslide continues

A rock slide on Highway 97 just north of Summerland on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
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July 07, 2014 - 4:17 PM

SUMMERLAND – The section of Highway 97 that was hit by a rockslide between Peachland and Summerland Sunday will remain partially closed until at least Tuesday.

Murray Tekano of the Ministry of Transportation says until the 500 cubic metres of debris is cleared, highway traffic will be down to one lane in each direction.

“Right now we’re cleaning off the highway,” he says. “That’s pretty much done and next we have to clear the ditches. When that’s finished we expect to open the highways completely.”

Tekano says they are still investigating the cause of the bank failure and hope to release their findings later this week.

“It will take a little while to come to a conclusion about (that) but in the meantime the highway is safe for passage.”

Chris Harbord with the B.C. Ambulance Service says two patients whose car was struck by falling rocks were transported to Penticton Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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