GOLDEN (660 NEWS) – A fatal crash involving two passenger vehicles and two commercial vehicles closed Highway 1 approximately 20 kilometres west of Golden, BC.
Trans Canada East Traffic Services (TCETS), BC Ambulance Service, Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement officers, the BC Coroners Services and the RCMP Collision Reconstruction Services are all investigating the collision which has reportedly killed one person.
Currently, the cause of the collision is unknown, but winter driving conditions are a probable contributing factor.
The road closures will remain in place until the investigation is complete and the highway is made safe for travel.
No word yet on when the highway is expected to re-open but Drive BC has since tweeted out that Highway 1 is also closed in both directions between Golden and Revelstoke due to a high avalanche hazard until further notice.
Anyone planning on travelling through the area is asked to monitor DriveBC.ca for updates and to consider possible postponing travel plans.
Anyone with any information regarding the collision is asked to call TCETS in Golden at 250-344-2221.
Corporal Mike Halskov, a media relations officer for RCMP Traffic Services in British Columbia, said that the travel conditions in that area of BC are not optimal.
“It is not looking particularly good. There is a lot of travel advisories and road closures due to avalanche control and things like that,” said Halskov.
“We advise motorists to plan ahead. If they must travel, consider travelling during daylight hours and plan ahead and expect delays.”
He said that being prepared for winter weather before hitting the road is extremely important around this time of year.
“Make sure your vehicle is equipped with proper winter tires and take your time and get there safely.”