6 injured, 2 in critical condition after violent crash on snow-covered Coquihalla Highway

Vancouver –

A severe crash closed the Coquihalla Highway in both directions for several hours Friday, sending six people to the hospital, two of them in critical condition.

The multi-vehicle collision happened shortly before noon. 11 on the Larson Hill section of Highway 5, about 36 miles south of Merritt.

The Merritt RCMP said in a press release that the accident involved a semi-truck with a trailer and four passenger vehicles.

“When officers arrived, four of the five vehicles involved were on fire,” police said in their release.

BC Emergency Health Services told Castanet News that a total of six people were brought to the hospital as a result of the collision. Two of them were taken to hospital by helicopter in critical condition, while the other four were transported by land ambulances.

Friday morning, snow fell on the highway, and photos from the crash site show significant accumulation on the roadway.

“This is a stark reminder to people that winter is here,” said Merritt RCMP spokesman Sgt. Josh Roda in the release.

“Snow and speed are not related, and everyone who drives on our highways must slow down and have winter tires or chains.”

Mounties asks the public for dash cam video of the collision or the events up to it. They also ask witnesses who have not already spoken to police to report.

The highway was blocked in both directions for several hours after the accident. The southbound lanes were reopened shortly before noon. 16, and the highway was completely reopened at. 17.35 according to DriveBC.

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