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Serious crash claims one life on Highway 97 near Chetwynd…

CHETWYND, BC: On January 4, 2022 at approximately 12:50 PM, Chetwynd RCMP and Emergency Services responded to a fatal collision on Highway 97 approximately 25 kilometres north of Chetwynd in the East Pine area.

Upon arrival it was determined that a northbound pickup, which was legally overtaking a transport truck in the passing lane, collided with a southbound transport truck. The southbound transport truck was going downhill in a sharp curve at low speed due to poor road and weather conditions at the time when it lost control and its trailer slid out into the path of the oncoming pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck, a man in his forties from northern BC, died in the collision. A passenger in the pickup truck, identified as the driver’s son, escaped with only minor injuries, as did the drivers of the transport trucks involved.

BC Highway Patrol in Dawson Creek has assumed conduct of the investigation with assistance from Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement officers, the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service and the BC Coroners’ Service. Highway 97 was closed for several hours as police investigated and has since re-opened.

Anyone with information regarding this fatal collision, including any dashboard camera video, is asked to contact BC Highway Patrol in Dawson Creek at 250-784-3700.

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