Update: 3.15 p.m .:
Penticton RCMP provided an update on the serious crash on Highway 97 on Wednesday morning.
Early information at the scene suggests that a southbound pickup truck on Highway 97 crossed the double solid line and collided with an oncoming semi-trailer, RCMP said.
The van slid to the side of the cab of the semi-trailer, which included a tank of diesel fuel. This resulted in the diesel spill.
The driver of the van was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with injuries described as serious but not life threatening.
No crime is suspected to be involved, police said.
Penticton RCMP say the investigation is continuing with the support of the BC Highway Patrol.
Update: 12:50 p.m .:
Traffic is now open to a single alternating lane after the crash site in Kaleden according to DriveBC.
The trailer involved in the collision was seen being loaded onto another for transport away from the scene.
Due to congestion, DriveBC advises travelers to be prepared for significant delays.
Highway 3 between Hedley and Princeton is also closed due to flooding along the route.
Update: 9:45 a.m. :
A serious crash on Highway 97 across Kaleden will cause the road to be closed for an extended period on Wednesday, police said.
According to Penticton RCMP, a southbound pickup truck and a northbound semi-truck collided, resulting in a diesel fuel spill on Highway 97.
Highway 97 will be closed in both directions for an extended period to complete the police investigation and clean up the diesel spill.
Please refer to Drive BC for updates on route openings and alternative routes.
The accident took place at 8 a.m.
Emergency vehicles are at the scene of the incident between Lakehill Road and Okanagan Game Farm Road, six kilometers south of Penticton.
If you witnessed this incident or have any other information, please call the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300. Or stay completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
There have been several accidents in this area of Highway 97 which is near the uncontrolled intersection connecting Highway 3A, which is currently the only route available for transport trucks and essential travel from the Lower Mainland. .
# BCHwy97 CLOSED due to a vehicle incident between Lakehill Rd and Okanagan Game Farm Rd, 6 km south of #Penticton, in #KaledenBC. Emergency vehicles on site. Evaluation in progress. Expect delays in the area.
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– DriveBC (@DriveBC) December 1, 2021
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