At least one fatality has been confirmed by Golden RCMP following a major vehicle incident on Highway 1 in Yoho National Park.
One other person has been airlifted to hospital. RCMP say they are in stable but serious conditions.
Highway 1 is now open, according to DriveBC. The highway was closed for just over five hours, Wednesday.
The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. local time and involved a logging truck and an SUV near Emerald Lake Rd in Field.
RCMP say that initial evidence suggests that the driver of the SUV was travelling eastbound when it crossed the centre line and collided head on with the logging truck, which was travelling in the opposite direction.
The driver of the SUV is confirmed to be the fatality, while the logging truck driver is in hospital.
According to a witness at the scene who took to Twitter, both Golden and Lake Louise Fire Departments responded to the scene. RCMP confirmed that a car was on fire upon arrival, with ambulance, fire, parks STARS Ambulance and the coroner all attending the scene.
The fire was contained and did not spread.
Investigators have determined that there was no criminality involved, says Cpl. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the BC RCMP.
The investigation remains with the Golden RCMP and the BC Coroners Service.
No further information will be released at this time.
🔺 CLOSED – #BCHwy1 between #FieldBC and #GoldenBC due to a major vehicle incident within Yoho National Park. Assessment in progress, please use an alternate route. Estimated opening time is unavailable. #Yoho #AB 🔺
— DriveBC (@DriveBC) June 15, 2022