UPDATE: Two sections of Highway 97 closed near Clinton and Hixon after two separate fatal collisions

CLINTON - Highway 97 near 70 Mile House is closed after a fatal collision occurred this morning, January 19.

Sgt. Mike Pears with RCMP’s Central Interior Traffic Services says officers from Clinton and 100 Mile House detachments are currently on scene while a collision reconstructionist from Kamloops and a traffic services investigator from Ashcroft are on route.

The collision involved two vehicles on a four-lane portion of the highway. One crossed over the centre line into the oncoming vehicle’s lane. The lone occupant of the northbound vehicle that crossed over died as a result of the collision. The second driver was transported to hospital, but the person’s condition is unknown.

Pears says a detour around the collision is available for some traffic and notes the highway will be closed for some time while investigators examine the scene. The estimated time for the highway to re-open is around 4 p.m.

There is a second closure south of Hixon, B.C. due to a vehicle collision. B.C. Coroner's Service spokesperson Barb McLintock says one person is dead but could not provide any further information. Drive B.C. states the estimated time the highway will open a single lane is around 1 p.m.

For updates on road closures, visit drivebc.ca

The approximate location of the crash
The approximate location of the crash
Image Credit: contributed - Drive BC

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724

-This story was updated at 1:45 p.m., January 19, 2016 to include information on a second fatality. 

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