June 19, 2017 11:40 am
Updated: June 19, 2017 10:37 pm

One person OK after wash out on B.C. highway west of Williams Lake

Mon, Jun 19: A man was rushed to hospital after a section of Highway 20 between Williams Lake and Bella Coola was washed out early Monday. Catherine Urquhart looks at the damage and how long it could be before the route is reopened


One person needed to be pulled to safety after an early morning wash out along a rural British Columbia highway swept away at least one vehicle.

A news release from North District RCMP say the wash out occurred just after 3 a.m. on Highway 20, about 25 kilometres west of Williams Lake about 300 kilometres north of Vancouver.

WATCH: Car swept away in Highway 20 washout

Rescuers were able to reach one person on a car that had been washed into the rushing water and that person has been taken to hospital for treatment.

A search and rescue helicopter has been called in as crews try to determine if any more people or vehicles are missing.

RCMP Cpl. Madonna Saunderson says the wash out covers at least 150 metres of roadway.

READ MORE: Highway 1 west of Revelstoke reopens after wash out

Highway 20 is the only connection between Williams Lake and Bella Coola on the central coast, and Drive BC says the highway is closed indefinitely, with no detours or alternate routes available.

Credit: Kathy Lauriente-Bonner

Credit: Kathy Lauriente-Bonner

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Credit: Clint Charleyboy

Credit: Clint Charleyboy

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