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Crash closes Hwy 97 north of Prince George, B.C., for almost 10 hours

A DriveBC traffic camera shows a long line of vehicles waiting for Highway 97 north to reopen following a crash around 12:45 p.m. PT Monday. (DriveB.C. - image credit)
A DriveBC traffic camera shows a long line of vehicles waiting for Highway 97 north to reopen following a crash around 12:45 p.m. PT Monday. (DriveB.C. - image credit)

Police say one person was taken to hospital following a crash on Highway 97 north of Prince George, B.C., on Monday that closed the principal route connecting the Peace region with the south of the province for nearly 10 hours.

RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Cooper said police were advised of the crash at around 12:45 p.m. PT and that it involved a five-ton truck and pickup truck, with "at least one person" airlifted to hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The crash occurred near Barney Creek Road, just south of the Summit Lake turnoff about 30 kilometres north of Prince George.

B.C. Emergency Health Services said four ambulances and one air ambulance responded to the scene. Spokesperson Jasprit Khandal said in an email that one person in stable condition was transported to hospital via air ambulance.

The highway, which links Prince George to Mackenzie, Dawson Creek and beyond, was closed in both directions after the crash, with no detours in place. DriveBC said on Twitter that the highway reopened around 10:15 p.m. PT.


Without Highway 97, there are no other routes connecting the Peace region to the rest of B.C. that don't involve a lengthy detour through Alberta, or west and north into Yukon, or via a network of back roads that are not maintained over the winter.