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Coquihalla Highway open after vehicle incident and heavy snowfall shut down southbound lanes

A view of the Coquihalla Highway north of the Zopkios Brake Check, looking south.
A view of the Coquihalla Highway north of the Zopkios Brake Check, looking south. DriveBC

Highway crews have opened the Coquihalla Highway southbound between Merritt and Hope, B.C.

The highway was closed for about two hours Friday evening due to at least one vehicle incident amid a heavy snowfall.

DriveBC says the unexplained incident occurred near Comstock Road just before 8 p.m.

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RCMP have not provided any information on the potential crash. Global News has also reached out to the Ministry of Transportation for more information.

READ MORE: Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla, Highway 3 in B.C.

Environment Canada’s snowfall warning for the highway estimates between 20 and 25 centimetres will fall by early Saturday morning.

The company contracted with keeping the road clear, Argo Roads, is advising drivers on the Coquihalla to keep slow and give themselves extra time.

Coquihalla crash highlights preventable factors in deadly accidents
Coquihalla crash highlights preventable factors in deadly accidents