UPDATE: One person killed in crash on Coquihalla Highway
Howard Alexander - News Editor
A crash involving several vehicles in the northbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 claimed the life of a person from the Lower Mainland.
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February 12, 2018 - 3:39 PM
MERRITT – A crash involving several vehicles on the Coquihalla Highway yesterday afternoon claimed a life and sent a second person to hospital with critical injuries.
The collision involving six vehicles happened at around 12:30 p.m. yesterday, Feb. 11, closing the Coquihalla Highway northbound between Merritt and Hope for about ten hours, according to an RCMP media release.
A 35-year-old Lower Mainland man, who stopped to render assistance, was struck by a vehicle and killed, police say.
A 78-year-old man was airlifted to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops in critical condition. He is listed in serious condition.
Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
“The cause of the collision is believed to be speed relative to road conditions and sudden changes in road condition in shaded areas of the highway,” Const. Tim Lyons says in the release.
No detours were available during the ten-hour closure of northbound lanes of the Coquihalla near Larson Hill approximately 32 kilometres south of Merritt. Drivers were advised to take the Trans-Canada, Highway 3 or Highway 97 to get around the closure.
RCMP haven’t identified the person killed in the collision or the people who were injured.
Police haven’t said if anyone faces charges or if charges are being considered as the investigation continues.
Anyone with information regarding the crash who has not already spoken to RCMP are asked to call Central Interior Traffic Services at 250-378-4262 and quote file 2018-644.
— This story was update at 2:31 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 to include information from RCMP.
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