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(UPDATE: Nov. 27 @ 5:45 pm) – The Coquihalla is now fully open to regular traffic.
The vehicle incidents that caused the afternoon closure have been cleared in both the south and northbound lanes.
The travel advisory that was issued for Highway 8 due to an increase in people looking for a detour has now been removed.
DriveBC says drivers can expect heavy delays on Highway 1, south of Lytton, due to congestion.
❗️ UPDATE for #BCHwy5 between #HopeBC and #MerrittBC— DriveBC (@DriveBC) November 28, 2022
✅ Northbound lanes are now clear and open.
✅ Southbound lanes are now clear and open.
Drive to compact snow, slushy and slippery road conditions and watch for snow clearing equipment.
(UPDATE: Nov. 27 @ 3 pm) – In the latest update, DriveBC says Highway 5 is expected to reopen around 4 pm.
The Coquihalla was closed early Sunday morning after a semi-truck became jackknifed and closed the northbound lane near Larson Hill.
Several vehicle incidents followed and resulted in a full closure of the highway this afternoon.
A winter storm over the weekend created hazardous driving conditions and drivers are reminded to drive with caution.
Be sure to visit the DriveBC website or Twitter for the most up-to-date information.
(UPDATE: Nov. 27 @ 1 pm) – The Coquihalla remains closed after a semi-truck jackknifed itself near Larson Hill.
However, in a recent update from DriveBC, the highway remains closed due to several new vehicle incidents.
The agency reminds people to drive with caution in winter conditions.
A detour is available via Hwy 5A and Hwy 3.
Just before 1 pm, DriveBC sent out a travel advisory for Hwy 8, north of Merritt. Drivers are reminded that this highway remains an active construction zone and is open to local traffic only.
(Original Story: Nov. 27 @ 9:44 am) – After a winter storm warning was issued for the Coquihalla on Friday, conditions are hazardous over the mountain pass highway today.
Just before 9:30 on Sunday, DriveBC reported that the northbound lane near Larson Hill was closed.
The agency says a jackknifed semi-truck has caused the closure between Hope and Merritt.
An assessment is in progress with crews at the scene.
People travelling across the Coquihalla should expect some delays.
Another update from DriveBC is expected at 10:30 am and NowMedia staff will update this story as more details are provided.