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(UPDATE: Dec. 4 @ 12:25 pm) - Crews have cleared an earlier accident that occurred on the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5) at Larson Hill.
It had the northbound lanes completed closed to traffic and the southbound lanes experiencing delays.
(UPDATE: Dec. 4 @ 10:40 am) - The Coquihalla (Hwy 5) remains closed between Merritt and Hope.
The vehicle incident at Larson Hill continues to block off northbound traffic, while southbound traffic is experiencing congestion as well.
NowMedia will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
#BCHwy5 - Expect congestion SB at Larson Hill on the #Coquihalla South of #MerrittBC as emergency vehicles attend a vehicle incident in the NB lanes. Keep your distance, drive with care and to conditions.— Drive BC (@DriveBC) December 4, 2019
(Original story: Dec. 4 @ 8:20 am) - The Coquihalla (Hwy 5) is closed northbound.
The closure is between Hope and Merritt after an accident at Larson Hill, which is about 36 kilometres south of Merritt.
CLOSED - #BCHwy5 - NB vehicle incidents at Larson Hill on the #Coquihalla has CLOSED NB lanes from #HopeBC to #MerrittBC.— DriveBC TOK (@DriveBC_TOK) December 4, 2019
Assessment in progress. Consider alternate route, #BCHwy3.
Info here: https://t.co/RiKjOA8Fgv
DriveBC webcams show traffic back up in the area, but the severity of the incident or accident is unknown.
The detour heading to Kamloops would be Hwy 1, but that road is closed around Yale this morning as well.
#BCHwy1: closed 2 km north of #YaleBC. Assessment in progress.#BCHwy5: reports of NB vehicle incidents in #MerrittBC area.#BCHwy3: freezing rain and slippery sections #HopeBC to #PrincetonBC.— Drive BC (@DriveBC) December 4, 2019
DriveBC Road Conditions Here: https://t.co/9goa6LKELp pic.twitter.com/mCvTjlIohD
Hwy 3 is the detour for anyone trying to get to the Okanagan, but DriveBC warns of freezing rain and slippery sections of that highway.
NowMedia will update this story when more information regarding the closure becomes available.