Police confirm fatal accident
Photo: Cindy White
UPDATE 5:25 p.m.
Kelowna RCMP have confirmed one fatality in a crash Thursday afternoon on Highway 97 north of the airport.
A motorcycle collided with a pickup truck around 3:55 p.m. at the Old Vernon Road intersection.
The northbound lanes of Interstate 97 are now closed at Airport Way, with northbound traffic being rerouted to Airport Way. RCMP are asking motorists to avoid the area.
Drivers can expect significant delays northbound on Highway 97.
Police are asking all witnesses to come forward or if you have dash cam footage around the time of this collision, please contact Kelowna RCMP at (250) 762-3300.
UPDATE 4:55 p.m.
Only one lane of traffic remains in each direction at the site of what is believed to be a fatal crash on Highway 97 north of the airport.
Emergency crews are now erecting privacy barricades at the crash site at the Old Vernon Road intersection.
Kelowna RCMP advise that they will issue a news release shortly.
ORIGINAL 4:15 p.m.
Emergency crews are at the scene of a serious accident on Highway 97, just north of the Kelowna airport.
Several callers to Castanet’s newsroom said they observed a downed blue sports motorcycle and what appeared to be a body covered in a tarp.
As traffic continues to manage in one lane, other emergency vehicles are barely arriving and a closure is possible.
Northbound traffic is backing off significantly.
Castanet has a reporter on the way and will update.