A multi-vehicle crash on the Trans-Canada Highway has resulted in the death of one individual and the highway has been closed in both directions.
Around 3:10 p.m. Mountain Time (2:10 p.m. Vancouver time) today (January 7), emergency services and police responded to a report about a four-vehicle collision on Highway 1 about 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of Golden, B.C.
Police confirmed upon arrival that two passenger vehicles and two commercial vehicles had collided, and that one person had died.
Highway 1 has been closed in both directions between Townley Street and 14th Street North for 143 kilometres from Revelstoke to Golden.
The highway is expected to remain closed for several hours while an investigation is underway and the highway is being made safe for travel.
According to Drive B.C., the estimated time of reopening is 8 p.m. PST.
Trans Canada East Traffic Services (TCETS), B.C. Ambulance Service, Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement officers, the B.C. Coroners’ Service, and the RCMP Collision Reconstruction Service are investigating this crash.
B.C. RCMP Traffic Services stated in a news release that the cause of the collision is not yet known but winter driving conditions are being considered as a contributing factor.
Motorists are asked to check the Drive B.C. website for updates or to postpone or reconsider travel plans in the area.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call TCETS in Golden at 250-344-2221.
This collision followed another fatal crash on Highway 1 that occurred yesterday (January 6) north of Hope, B.C., when a vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided with a tanker truck.
On December 16, a 52-year-old B.C. driver died in a collision with a commercial vehicle east of Revelstoke on Highway 1.