Update: 8 p.m.
The RCMP are describing the accident that closed Hwy. 97 Friday afternoon as starting when a southbound Mazda 3 was rear-ended by a pickup truck, which led to a chain reaction crash involving at least two other vehicles.
The crash was reported at 3:11 p.m., on Hwy 97 near the Banbury Green RV Park, Kaleden. The Mazda occupants, a 36-year-old female and her 6-year-old daughter, were seriously injured.
South Okanagan Traffic Services, Keremeos, has taken over the investigation. Witnesses who have not been interviewed are requested to contact South Okanagan Traffic Services at 250-499-2250.
Update: 5:10 p.m.
Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth with the Penticton RCMP has confirmed that four vehicles were involved in a crash that sent two to hospital with serious injuries.
Several others were treated at the scene by paramedics, according to Wrigglesworth, who said a traffic analyst is investigating on scene.
The highway is expected to remain closed for several hours, as cleanup continues on the crash, which involved a minivan, a car, a pickup and a semi-trailer truck.
Traffic was lined up along Highway 97 near Pineview Drive after a semi-trailer truck and a car collided at approximately 3:20 p.m. near the intersection with Pineview Drive, outside Kaleden.
Emergency responders were called to the scene but is not known how many people were injured or the extent of injuries.
A detour for drivers has been provided along Eastside Road. RCMP are on scene and investigating the incident.
Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth confirmed Penticton RCMP and Southeast District Traffic Services were on the scene of the crash.
In a release, Wrigglesworth said initial reports indicated a number of vehicles involved.
Penticton Fire Department was on the scene for some time, assisting the Kaleden Fire Department, but appears to have left at this point.
—with files from Emanuel Sequeira