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UPDATE 4: Highway 97 is now open

UPDATE 3: RCMP release information added, as well as Drive BC tweet information added.

UPDATE 2: Picture added and information about emergency crews deployed to incident.

UPDATE: Article was updated with information about highway closure and location of incident.

FARMINGTON, B.C. – There are reports of a vehicle incident on BC Highway 97 between 218 Rd and 239 Rd, 21 kilometres north of Dawson Creek.

The highway has been reopened as of 4:35 p.m. according to Drive BC.

https://twitter.com/DriveBC/status/1366894929595670529

Officers attended, along with paramedics and firefighters to assist the drivers. One driver, a 30-year-old male, was seriously injured but with non-life-threatening injuries. The other male, 49 years old, needed to be removed from the vehicle and had serious, life-threatening injuries. According to RCMP, it is anticipated that both drivers will survive.

The cause of the incident was determined to be icy conditions paired with strong crosswinds. Charges are not anticipated.

The highway is closed, and Dawson Creek RCMP says fire and ambulance crews are on scene. According to a DriveBC tweet, it is estimated the highway will reopen by 4 p.m.

 

DriveBC NE urges drivers to watch for emergency personnel and drive carefully.

This is a developing story. More information will be updated as it becomes available.

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