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UPDATE: Cleanup still underway after Highway 97 rockslide

Cleanup continues on Highway 97. Blaine Gaffney / Global Okanagan

UPDATE 11 a.m.: Cleanup crews remain on site Monday, clearing the debris left behind from the rockslide. The highway is down to single lane in each direction passing the slide site. Officials don’t expect the highway to fully reopen by the days end. The cause of the slide is still under investigation, but the size is now becoming more clear. It’s estimated a 1,000 cubic meters of material came down, which is roughly 100 dump truck loads. 

UPDATE: BC Ambulance Service confirms two people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They were inside a car that was hit by the falling rock.

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — A rockslide north of Summerland is causing major traffic delays on Highway 97.

The slide initially closed a section of Highway 97, two kilometres north of Summerland this afternoon. According to DriveBC, the highway has reopened.

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Traffic is backed up for kilometers.

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