Drive BC has reported a vehicle incident north of Quesnel, near Olson Road. (Google Maps)

Drive BC has reported a vehicle incident north of Quesnel, near Olson Road. (Google Maps)

UPDATE: Person dies after semi and pickup collide on Highway 97 north of Quesnel

The highway near Olson Road is closed while investigators work to determine the cause

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.

One person is dead after a semi-truck and pickup collided north of Quesnel in the early afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 24.

The BC Highway patrol is investigating the crash.

The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene, while the driver of the semi suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

A BC Highway Patrol news release notes the highway will be closed while the scene is investigated. At 3 p.m. the Drive BC website said the highway was open to single alternating traffic.

“The cause of the collision is not known at this time and nothing has been ruled out. Road and weather conditions are reportedly challenging in the area,” the release reads.

It snowed in Quesnel all morning on Nov. 24.

“Anyone with information regarding this collision, including any dashboard camera video is asked to contact BC Highway Patrol in Prince George at 250-649-4004 and reference file 2021-807,” a news release reads.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated to better reflect the traffic situation on the highway

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a crash between a pickup truck and transport trailer on Highway 97 north of Quesnel, near Olson Road.

Quesnel RCMP Sgt. Richard Weseen said the driving conditions in the area are awful.

“Roads are extremely icy, covered in snow, with windy and whiteout conditions,” he said.

Weseen said a southbound transport truck had the trailer jackknife as it was climbing a hill, and a northbound pickup truck hit the trailer of the truck.

“We’re asking people to slow down in the area, we still have emergency crews on scene,” he said.

“(The crash) is at the bottom of a hill, so we’re trying to keep people from flying down the hill here and causing another collision.”

Weseen urged motorists to drive to the conditions.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Drive BC is warning motorists of a vehicle incident north of Quesnel.

Crews are on the way to asses the situation, which is near Olson Road in between Quesnel and the Dunkley Mill.

A tweet from Drive BC asks drivers to pass the area with caution.

It has been snowing in Quesnel throughout the morning on Nov. 24.

READ MORE: RCMP, ICBC reminding Quesnel drivers to slow down for school zones

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email: cassidy.dankochik@quesnelobserver.com


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