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UPDATE: Coquihalla Highway open in both directions

The highway fully opened around 2:30 a.m.
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Hwy 5, near Box Canyon Chain-up Area, looking south. (DriveBC)

UPDATE 7/11 - 8 a.m.

The Coquihalla Highway is now open southbound. It opened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

UPDATE: 8:45 p.m.

The Coquihalla Highway remains closed southbound with an estimated time of reopening at 2 a.m.

An assessment is in progress and drivers are asked to watch for traffic control.

Except heavy congestion in the area.

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UPDATE: 5:40 p.m.

The Coquihalla Highway remains closed southbound but is now northbound open.

However, there is heavy congestion in the area due to the vehicle incident between Hope and Merritt at Box Canyon.

An assessment is in progress and a detour is available on Highway 5A to Highway 3.

DriveBC will have a next update at 7:30 p.m.

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UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.

Drivers brought to a halt on the Coquihalla following a multi-vehicle crash are reporting that two BC Ambulance helicopters have landed in the area.

Those on scene say the collision is serious and that it could be hours before the highway reopens.

One traveller stated they believed at least four vehicles were involved including a semi-truck.

Some vehicles near Great Bear Snowshed are being turned around and told to head to Highway 5A.

Hwy 5, Great Bear Snowshed looking north. (DriveBC)
Hwy 5, Great Bear Snowshed looking north. (DriveBC)

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A multi-vehicle crash has closed the Coquihalla Highway in both directions.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. between exit 217 Zopkios Brake Check and exit 202 Portia.

The highway is backed up in both directions near Box Canyon.

Emergency crews are on route, but drivers should expect major delays. There is a detour available on Highway 5A to Highway 3.

More to come.

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