UPDATE: Kelowna teen dies in Highway 97 crash

Crashes have also been reported in West Kelowna

UPDATE: 12:53 p.m.

Highway 97 near UBC Okanagan is now open.

————

A local teen has died following a Friday morning car crash.

Kelowna RCMP responded just before 6:30 a.m. the to a report of a crash on Highway 97 North near the University of British Columbia overpass.

When police arrived, they found a single vehicle had collided with a semi trailer commercial vehicle. Tragically, this collision claimed the life of an 18-year-old Kelowna resident and the police are currently with the next of kin.

“Investigators are on scene including a collision analyst and are working to determine what events led up to the crash,” said Cpl. Meghan Foster, in a press release. “Highway 97 North between Edwards Road and the University overpass has been closed in both directions and will remain closed until at least 1 p.m. this afternoon.”

Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted through Quail Ridge Boulevard and northbound traffic will be diverted through Hereron Road. No further information can be provided at this time.

UPDATE: 10 a.m.

A crash near UBCO on Highway 97 looks serious and more crews have been dispatched to investigate a positive fatal.

—————-

UPDATE: 8:40 a.m.

Those commuting from Lake Country this morning to Kelowna may want to consider an alternative route.

A crash near UBCO on Highway 97 is causing traffic delays in the southbound lane. DriveBC is reporting the highway is closed north of the Edwards Road intersection.

Traffic is being rerouted around the accident.

——————-

In West Kelowna, an accident has also been reported on Highway 97 which is causing traffic delays for commuters travelling to Kelowna.

Witnesses are reporting icy road conditions in West Kelowna, near the Glenrosa turnoff from Highway 97.

More to come.

RCMP say a serious collision has shut down Highway 97 in both directions between Edwards Road and the University overpass.

Southbound traffic is being diverted through Quail Ridge Boulevard. Northbound traffic will be diverted through Hereron Road.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Kelowna man arrested after allegedly setting blaze near Fire Department

The man was allegedly seen lighting bushes on fire near the Kelowna Fire Department

Kelowna mothers to share grief, spread awareness for Overdose Day

Moms Stop the Harm is hosting an event for International Overdose Awareness Day in Kerry Park

Latino-American rock ‘n’ roll band The Mavericks coming to Kelowna

Kelowna is the only B.C. stop on the band’s worldwide tour

UBC Okanagan Heat score 10 goals in pre-season double-header

Two exhibition wins in the U.S. to start the year for the mens Heat squad

Kelowna transit system to add new routes in September

The decision is due to increase in demand, according to BC Transit

VIDEO: Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans go crazy for merch

Movie theatres will show select episodes to mark the NBC series’ 25th anniversary

Penticton man sentenced in non-fatal 2017 shooting

Elkena Michael Knauff sentenced to seven and a half months in jail

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Kamloops RCMP locate and arrest man who fled from police

The 22-year-old male was wanted in relation to a domestic violence investigation

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

COLUMN: Much to enjoy at Ryga Arts Festival

As I learn about George Ryga and his contributions, it is clear why this festival carries his name

Okanagan RCMP superintendent helps with arrest

Vernon Supt. Shawna Baher arrests man for theft; turns out to be suspect in assault and robbery

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Most Read