UPDATE: Semi fire on the Coquihalla

A semi carrying a load of lumber caught fire on the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.
Image Credit: Twitter/VSA Highway Maintenance

MERRITT – A tractor trailer loaded with lumber caught fire this morning Jan. 12 on the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt.

The semi was driving southbound at the Comstock exit when it started on fire, according to a tweet from VSA Highway Maintenance.

The southbound lanes were closed for a couple hours until the burnt out rig could be cleared from the road.

No word if anyone was hurt.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 12:43 a.m., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 to say the highway had fully reopened.

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