A 24-year-old West Kelowna man has died following a crash on Highway 97 Wednesday night.

Emergency services responded to a single-vehicle collision in the northbound lane of Highway 97 near the Gorman Bros. Lumber mill in West Kelowna at 10:37 p.m.

A blue Ford F-150 pickup truck left the road, drove into a ditch and collided with a rock face, then continued down the highway and came to a stop in the centre of the highway, said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“Witnesses at the scene reported that the pickup truck caught fire after leaving the roadway,” said O’Donaghey, adding the blaze was extinguished by Gorman Bros. employees, who responded quickly to the scene.

The driver of the pickup, who may not have been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the vehicle, said O’Donaghey.

He was found to be suffering from serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

The driver has been identified as a 24-year-old West Kelowna man, but police are not releasing his name at this time.

The highway was closed in both directions to allow RCMP to conduct a detailed analysis of the scene.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

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