05/05/2015 08:31 EDT | Updated 05/05/2016 05:59 EDT

RCMP say one dead after B.C. semi rollover that nearly ignited forest fire

PEMBERTON, B.C. - Mounties say one person is dead after a fiery semi truck crash north of Pemberton, B.C.

Police say the truck rolled down an embankment on Monday and ignited a blaze that nearly spread into the surrounding forest.

Crews were at the scene at about 5 p.m. extinguishing the fire and gathering evidence.

RCMP say the investigation is in its early stages and are not releasing any more information.

A section of Highway 99 was closed for hours after the rollover but has now partially reopened.

The truck remains at the scene and is expected to be recovered during daylight hours on Tuesday.