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Williams Lake RCMP confirm Highway 20 crash claims one life, seriously injures driver

Road was closed between Bond Lake Road and Chimney Valley Road for several hours Monday

Williams Lake RCMP have confirmed one person died and another was seriously injured in a single vehicle incident on Highway 20 Monday, Aug. 30.

Staff Sgt. Del Byron said a woman who was a passenger in a westbound 1997 Toyota Camry died, while the driver remains in serious condition.

Highway 20 was closed for most of the day while police investigated the scene, just west of the Chilcotin Estates Mobile Home Park. RCMP said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

The vehicle went off road left striking a power pole and ending up in the deep ditch.

The matter is still under investigation.

Update: 4:45 p.m.

Highway 20 has been re-opened three to seven kilometres west of Williams Lake, between Bond Lake Road and Chimney Valley Road.

Update: (9:58 a.m.)

Williams Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. Del Byron released more information regarding a vehicle incident Monday morning.

Byron said police were called to a crash scene just west of Chilcotin Estates west of Williams Lake at about 7:22 a.m. Monday morning.

“It appears a westbound vehicle (grey 1997 Toyota Camry) went off road left, hit a power pole and ended up in the deep ditch,” Byron noted. “Highway 20 has been closed for now. A detour exists in the Bond Lake Road area.”

Byron said the matter is still under investigation.

Original story:

Highway 20 is closed in both directions just west of Williams Lake Monday morning, Aug. 30 due to a vehicle incident.

According to DriveBC, the highway is closed between Chimney Valley Road and Bond Lake Road for 4.2 km (seven to three km west of Williams Lake). Road closed. A detour is in effect via Dog Creek Road to Chimney Valley then Highway 20. Next update time on DriveBC is noon.

Witnesses noted hearing multiple sirens of emergency vehicles responding west of the city just before 8 a.m.

More to come.

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