UPDATE: Coquihalla opened after eight hour closure
Traffic is stalled as crews assess the crash scene south of Merritt on Highway 5 today, April 2, 2017.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Kailey Reid
April 03, 2017 - 10:33 AM
MERRITT – Highway 5 was closed in both directions yesterday for several hours following a fatal vehicle collision.
The crash scene is approximately 10 kilometres south of Merritt, according to Drive B.C. A woman driving alone was struck as she exited her crashed vehicle and was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to an RCMP release.
Several secondary crashes followed and non-life threatening injures resulted.
Detours were available via Highway 3 or Highway 8 to Highway 1 and southbound by exit 286.
Highway 5 southbound was closed for three and half hours and Highway 5 northbound was closed for nearly eight hours.
— This story was updated at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 3 to include new information from Drive B.C.
To contact a reporter for this story, email Kim Anderson or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.
We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.
News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2017