SICAMOUS, B.C. — One person is dead after a multi-vehicle pile up on the Trans Canada highway near Sicamous, B.C.

RCMP say in a news release the collision involving several commercial tractor-trailer units, a cube van and motor vehicles on Highway 1 happened Saturday evening. 

They say early investigation has determined that a chain-reaction collision started when an eastbound flat deck tractor-trailer unit jackknifed and completely blocked all lanes of the highway in both directions. 

Mounties say six people were taken to hospital and one man was found dead, pinned between the unit he was driving and the trailer of a unit that came to rest in front of his.

The RCMP is working with the BC Coroners Service to identify the man and notify his next of kin.

The highway between Sicamous and Salmon Arm remained closed Sunday while crews worked to clear the roadway of vehicles and debris. 

The public is advised to consult DriveBC for updates on road closures.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 9, 2021.

The Canadian Press