May 16, 2019 9:38 pm
Updated: May 17, 2019 1:05 pm

Coquihalla re-opened in both directions between Hope, Merritt after fatal crash

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Drivers heading in or out of the interior Thursday evening were being warned to stay off the Coquihalla Highway, with traffic closed in both directions between Hope and Merritt following a fatal, multi-vehicle crash.

As of 1 a.m. Friday, Drive BC advises that the highway has been re-opened to traffic in both directions.

According to DriveBC, the crash happened near Coldwater Road south of Exit 290.

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The BC Coroners Service said Friday a man in his 40s died in the crash.

BC Emergency Health Services said paramedics transported six people to hospital.

Two patients were airlifted in critical condition, while four others were transported by ground ambulance in stable condition.

First responders at the scene of a serious crash on the Coquihalla, Thursday.

Courtesy: Joshua Knaak

Drivers on the route reported heavy rain in the area.

The crash involved at least three vehicles, which were headed northbound on Larson Hill.

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An air ambulance at the scene of a serious crash on the Coquihalla.

Courtesy: Randy Dyck

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