February 8, 2019 12:51 pm
Updated: February 8, 2019 3:57 pm

UPDATE: Highway 97 collision claims life of Kelowna teen

Police say a collision on Highway 97 near UBCO on Friday morning claimed the life of an 18-year-old Kelowna resident.

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UPDATE:

Police say the collision on Highway 97 in Kelowna near UBCO on Friday claimed the life of an 18-year-old Kelowna resident.

The accident took place at approximately 6:30 a.m. near the UBCO overpass. Police say the vehicle collided with a semi-trailer commercial vehicle.

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“Investigators are on scene including a collision analyst and are working to determine what events led up to the crash,” said Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Meghan Foster.  “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.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A serious crash has closed Highway 97 in Kelowna on Friday.

RCMP say the highway between Edwards Road and the university overpass is closed in both directions.

Southbound traffic is being diverted through Quail Ridge Boulevard and northbound traffic is being detoured through Hereron Road.

Part of Highway 97 in Kelowna was closed on Friday morning because of a serious collision near Edwards Road.

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There is no word yet on the cause of the collision but roads are slippery and there has been light snowfall.

A witness told Global Okanagan that southbound traffic is backed up past the airport and moving very slowly.

Traffic along Old Vernon Road in Kelowna had long lineups this morning because of the crash along Highway 97.

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It is unknown when the highway will reopen.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is confirmed.

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