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UPDATE: Coquihalla Highway reopens following two crashes

June 24, 2019 - 2:18 PM

KAMLOOPS - Highway 5 south of Merritt has reopened to traffic in both directions following two crashes involving several vehicles that sent eight people to hospital.

British Columbia Emergency Health Services says the first call came just before noon today, June 24, and it received about a dozen 911 calls.

It says two separate crashes involving at least four vehicles occurred about 90 metres apart from one another near the Lac Le Jeune exit.

The agency says the collisions happened during a sudden hail storm.

It says one person was taken to hospital in serious condition via air ambulance while seven others were taken to hospital in stable condition by ground ambulance.

— With files from The Canadian Press

— This story was updated at 2:16 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019 to say the highway had reopened, and again at 4:42 p.m. to add more information from Emergency Health Services.

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