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UPDATE: Highway 33 reopens outside Kelowna following multi-vehicle crash

Drive slow in the area as crews are still scene with cleaning efforts
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A motor vehicle collision has closed Highway 33 overnight. (DriveBC map)

UPDATE 10:43 a.m.

Highway 33 is now open in both directions.

Drivers are to reduce speed in the area as crews are still on scene continuing clean up efforts.

DriveBC’s next update is set for 12:15 p.m.

UPDATE 9:32 a.m.

More fire crews have been asked to the scene to help with oil and gas clean up.

UPDATE 9:20 a.m.

The highway will be closed in both directions until at least 10:30 a.m. That is when DriveBC will be providing their next update.

Original

A multi-vehicle collision has closed Highway 33 east of Kelowna early Saturday morning (Feb. 10).

The first report from DriveBC regarding the incident was issued at 2:02 a.m.

According to the Kelowna RCMP, the collision is in the Joe Rich area between Peregrine Road and Philpott Road.

There is no detour available.

“Due to the severity of this collision and the on-going investigation, the RCMP are advising that Hwy 33 has been closed in both directions until this part of the investigation has been concluded,” said the Kelowna RCMP. “If you must travel between Kelowna and the community of Rock Creek please use highway 97 and travel through Osoyoos, BC until further notice.”

The closure will impact travel plans for those heading to Big White Ski Resort.

More to come