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(UPDATE: Feb. 14 @ 11:55 am) - A post on the Coquihalla Road Reports Facebook group shows that the Coquihalla Highway's southbound lanes are now open to single-lane traffic.
HarmanDeep Dhillon posted the update, which was accompanied with dash-cam footage.
The southbound lanes had been closed since around 9:30 am after a semi flipped onto its side.
There's heavy congestion expected due to the closure, but traffic is squeaking through, at least for now.
Crews may have to close the highway once again this afternoon to recover and tow the trailer.
(UPDATE: Feb. 14 @ 10:15 am) - It'll likely be some time before the Coquihalla Highway's southbound lanes reopen today.
The cause of the closure is an overturned semi, which is wedged across all lanes of southbound traffic just west of Box Canyon.
Drive BC is providing another update at 10:30 am.
(Original story: Feb. 14 @ 9:40 am) - The Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5) southbound lanes are currently closed.
According to Drive BC, the highway was shut down around 9:30 am because of a “vehicle incident” between Portia and Box Canyon.
#BCHwy5 - CLOSED SOUTHBOUND between #Merritt and #HopeBC due to a vehicle incident between #Portia and #BoxCanyon. Assessment in progress, estimated opening time and detour unavailable. Crews en route. Expect heavy delays and congestion. #Coquihalla— Drive BC (@DriveBC) February 14, 2020
An assessment is currently in progress and there’s no estimate on when the road might reopen.
There’s also no detour.
For now, southbound traffic can expect heavy delays and congestion.
NowMedia will update this story as more information becomes available.