FORT ST JOHN, BC – One person is dead after a collision on the Alaska Highway.

On Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021, at approximately 3:40 p.m., Fort St John RCMP, BC Ambulance Service and Taylor Fire Department responded to a two vehicle collision on the Alaska Highway (Highway 97) at Pingle Creek Road south of Taylor, BC.  Occupants of both vehicles were reported to be trapped at the time of the initial report.

Emergency crews located a Jeep and a Dodge pickup that had collided head-on and were blocking the highway.

The drivers of both vehicles required extrication from their vehicles.  The driver of the Jeep was transported to the Fort St John Hospital but was pronounced deceased a brief time after arrival.  The driver of the pickup truck was also transported to hospital by police.

The highway was closed for about two hours while BC Highway Patrol and the RCMP Traffic Reconstructionist conducted an on scene investigation.

“This tragedy is a reminder to all drivers that winter driving conditions are upon us,” said Constable Chad Neustaeter, media relations officer for Fort St John RCMP.   “Take some extra time to get where you are going, slow down, do everything you can to arrive at your destination safely.”

Police continue to investigate and request that if anyone has any additional information, to contact the Fort St John RCMP at (250) 787-8100.