UPDATED: Fatal MVI closes Trans-Canada Highway west of Golden, highway now closed overnight

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Commercial trucks backed up at Revelstoke following an MVI that has closed the Trans-Canada Highway on the evening of Jan. 7, 2020. Photo: DriveBC HIghway cam

Update: Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m.

The Trans-Canada Highway will remain closed overnight due to high avalanche danger, Drive BC has announced, and is scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8.

The highway had been closed since around 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon following a fatal four-vehicle MVI 20 kilometres west of Golden.

Drive BC had originally planned to start the avalanche control closure at 10 p.m., leaving a two-hour window after the highway was scheduled to re-open following the MVI. Now, the highway will remain closed.

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One person is dead and the Trans-Canada Highway is closed Tuesday evening following a fatal MVI west of Golden.

The incident involving two commercial trucks and two other vehicles happened happened about 20 kilometres west of Golden at around 3 p.m.

The incident resulted in a full response of emergency responders, including the RCMP’s collision reconstruction team, which is investigating.

“At this time, the cause of the collision is not known, however winter driving conditions are being considered as a possible contributing factor,” said Cpl. Mike Halskov of BC RCMP Traffic Services. There has been heavy snowfall in the region throughout the day.

Currently, DriveBC is estimating the section will reopen at 8 p.m. PST.

However, DriveBC notes that avalanche control work is planned between the east and west gates of Glacier National Park starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday evening and running until 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Drive BC is forecasting intermittent road closures lasting two to three hours.

Investigators are appealing for tips from anyone who may have witnessed the incident. The number for the Trans-Canada East Traffic Services is 250-344-2221.