Coquihalla Highway reopens after fatal multi-vehicle crash on Family Day long weekend

Weekend crashes raise new Coquihalla safety concerns
A fatal crash on the Coquihalla has raised new concerns about the maintenance and safety of the highway. Aaron McArthur reports.

The Coquihalla Highway is now fully open after a partial closure for about seven hours on Sunday.

According to Drive BC, the northbound lanes on Highway 5, about 35 kilometers south of Merritt, were shut down just after 2:30 p.m.

That’s after at least six vehicles crashed in that area.

Mounties have since confirmed one Lower Mainland resident died in the crash, while a second person was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

So far, no word on the cause, but the northbound lanes were said to be very icy at the time of the crash.

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