Crash closes Highway 16

On Sept.12 at approximately 12:01 PM the Houston RCMP received a report of a head on collision on Highway 16 near Perow Loop Rd.

On Sept.12 at approximately 12:01 PM the Houston RCMP received a report of a head on collision on Highway 16 near Perow Loop Rd. This location is approximately 10 kilometres west of Topley.

Officers arrived to find a camper van in the middle of the highway and a Lincoln Navigator on its roof in the ditch. A 22-year-old Houston man was taken to Burns Lake hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. A 60-year-old Smithers woman was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The cause of the crash is undetermined at this time and the investigation is ongoing, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor at this time.

The Houston RCMP are being assisted in this investigation by a reconstruction analyst and traffic service members.

The accident closed Highway 16 in both directions for a large part of the day Sept. 12. with no detour available and did not reopen to traffic until later that night.