One man dead after highway collision near Lac La Hache Provincial Park

One person is dead following a collision Thursday night on Highway 97 south of Lac La Hache Provincial Campsite.

Emergency crews respond to a collision on Highway 97 near Lac La Hache Provincial Park Thursday

Emergency crews respond to a collision on Highway 97 near Lac La Hache Provincial Park Thursday

A 36-year-old man is dead following a collision Thursday night on Highway 97 just south of Lac La Hache Provincial Campsite.

At 11:30 p.m.  emergency crews from 100 Mile House and Lac la Hache, along with the 100 Mile RCMP and Cariboo-Chilcotin Traffic Services responded to the collision which involved a northbound tractor trailer unit and a southbound pickup truck.

“Rescue crews were able to extract a female passenger from the pickup who was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” 100 Mile House RCMP Sgt. Blake Ward said.

Unfortunately, the male driver who had been working in Terrace was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the tractor-trailer unit was not injured.

Highway 97 was re-opened fully at noon after being closed completely overnight while the traffic re-constructionist conducted the investigation of the scene.

The identity of the deceased driver is being withheld until the next of kin have been notified.

A North District Traffic Services Collision Re-constructionist has been called in to assist in the investigation.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time but it is believed that road and weather conditions may have been a contributing factor, the RCMP said.