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One person killed in head-on crash near Taylor

RCMP urge winter driving safety

One person was killed Tuesday in a head-on collision on the Alaska Highway south of Taylor.

The accident happened around 3:40 p.m. at Pingle Creek Road, where emergency crews located a Jeep and a Dodge pickup that had collided head-on and were blocking the highway, according to Fort St. John RCMP.

The drivers of both vehicles required extrication from their vehicles, RCMP said. The driver of the Jeep was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital but was pronounced deceased a brief time after arrival, RCMP said. The driver of the pickup truck was also transported to hospital by police.

BC Ambulance Service and the Taylor Fire Department also responded to the scene. The highway was closed for about two hours while BC Highway Patrol and the RCMP Traffic Reconstructionist conducted an on scene investigation, RCMP said.

"This tragedy is a reminder to all drivers that winter driving conditions are upon us," said Constable Chad Neustaeter, media relations officer for Fort St John RCMP. "Take some extra time to get where you are going, slow down, do everything you can to arrive at your destination safely." 

Police continue to investigate. Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at (250) 787-8100.

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