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Driver ejected, killed in Charlie Lake accident

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: RCMP say the highway has reopened to traffic in both directions. ORIGINAL STORY: An accident on the Alaska Highway near Charlie Lake claimed the life of 23-year-old man early Wednesday morning, RCMP say.
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UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: RCMP say the highway has reopened to traffic in both directions.

ORIGINAL STORY:

An accident on the Alaska Highway near Charlie Lake claimed the life of 23-year-old man early Wednesday morning, RCMP say.

In a statement, police say the man was driving north on the highway around 1 a.m. when his pickup truck hit the centre median and rolled. The man was ejected from the truck and suffered life-threatening injuries. 

"Police believe the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. The injured driver was transported to hospital by paramedics but he died a few hours later from his injuries," Staff Sgt. Steve Perret said.

The highway remains closed as officers continue to investigate. There is a detour around the scene on the Charlie Lake Frontage Road.

The driver was a Charlie Lake resident, according to police. His name was not released. 

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the detachment at 250-787-8100.