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UPDATE: Highway 97 open after falling rock near Summerland

A rock slide on Highway 97 just north of Summerland on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
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July 06, 2014 - 12:38 PM

SUMMERLAND – Falling rock closed a portion of Highway 97 just north of Summerland Sunday and is responsible for injuring two people.

The small slide closed the southbound lanes 2 kilometres north of the town at about 11:28 a.m.

The highway reopened to single lane, alternating traffic about an hour later at 12:20 p.m. as a damaged vehicle and the debris were cleared from the road. An assessment of the slope stability was also done, according to Drive B.C.

Chris Harbord with the B.C. Ambulance Service says they responded with two ambulances.

She says two patients were transported to Penticton Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“It sounds like some rocks hit a vehicle,” Harbord says.

It will be slow going for drivers for some time as traffic is restricted to one lane in each direction.

The pile of rock that slide down a rock face along Highway 97 just north of Summerland on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
The pile of rock that slide down a rock face along Highway 97 just north of Summerland on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan (with permission)

A rock face gave way along Highway 97 just north of Summerland on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
A rock face gave way along Highway 97 just north of Summerland on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan (with permission)

A major traffic jam on Highway 97 near Summerland following a small rock slide Sunday, July 16, 2014.
A major traffic jam on Highway 97 near Summerland following a small rock slide Sunday, July 16, 2014.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan (with permission)

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

- This story was updated at 12:38 p.m., Sunday, July 6, 2014 to add more information from B.C. Amublance service and Drive B.C.

- This story was updated at 1:51 p.m., Sunday, July 6, 2014 to add pictures of the rock slide.

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