UPDATE: Single-lane traffic moving after jack-knifed semi closes West Kelowna's Highway 97
Howard Alexander - News Editor
A crash involving a semi and a SUV closed Highway 97 at Gorman's Mill, Friday, March 10, 2017.
Image Credit: Jim Douglas/Global Okanagan (with permission)
March 10, 2017 - 9:22 AM
WEST KELOWNA – Crews have cleared the crash that closed Highway 97 in West Kelowna this morning and single lane traffic is now moving.
RCMP say at about 7:55 a.m. today, March 10, emergency crews were called to a collision between a semi and a SUV on Highway 97 between Glenrosa Road and the junction with Highway 97C.
“Initial information provided from the scene suggests that the northbound commercial vehicle may have jack knifed, collided with the centre median concrete barriers which then struck an SUV travelling in the opposite direction,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a media release.
No one was seriously injured and southbound traffic began moving at about 9:30 a.m.
Meanhwhile, a snowfall warning has been issued for mountain passes in the Interior.
Environment Canada says it has been snowing heavily on the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Hope overnight. A total of 30 centimetres is expected by the time it lets up this morning.
Similar conditions exist on Highway 3 from Princeton through the Allison Pass to Hope. Forecasters are expecting 20 centimetres of snow in total for the Allison Pass.
The snow will turn to a mix of rain and snow on the mountain highways later today.
For the latest updates on the closure and the latest road conditions go to the Drive B.C. website.
Environment Canada's website has the latest warnings and forecast.
— This story was updated at 12:24 p.m., to include information from RCMP.
— This story was updated at 9:20 a.m., to include information from RCMP.
— This story was updated at 9:50 a.m., to say the southbound lanes had reopened and to add photo.
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