Highway cams show an empty Coquihalla after a vehicle incident shut the highway south of Merritt. (DriveBC)

UPDATE: Coquihalla reopens after ambulance rear-ended while paramedics help patients

RCMP say road conditions are treacherous

Update: 5 p.m. Feb. 12

DriveBC reports the Coquihalla is reopened in both directions between Merritt and Hope after closing this afternoon when an ambulance was rear ended. Drivers are cautioned to expect delays due to congestion.


The Coquihalla was briefly closed after an ambulance was rear ended on the Coquihalla while helping out at a multi-vehicle crash just after 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

According to BC Emergency Health Services, two ambulances were sent just north of Hope for a vehicle incident.

”While paramedics were attending to the scene one of our ambulances was rear-ended by another vehicle travelling on the highway,” spokesperson Shannon Miller said.

“No one was injured in the vehicle and paramedics were able to continue caring for and treating patients at the original incident.”

Three patients from the initial crash were taken to hospital in stable condition.

The highway remains closed northbound but the southbound lane has opened.

RCMP say there were multiple incidents on the Coquihalla as of Tuesday afternoon, “mostly just spun out vehicles/semi trucks.”

Cpl. Mike Halskov told Black Press Media there were “no significant injuries reported at this time” but warned against driving for those who don’t have to.

“Road and weather conditions are poor,” Halskov said.

“Police recommend postponing travel until safe to do so.”

There is no estimated time of opening for the northbound lanes at the moment and drivers are asked to use Highway 1, Highway 3 or Highway 5A as detours.

Are you near the crash? Send us a photo.

More to come.


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

B.C. father and sons launch new trunk-sharing system, ‘Trunkit’

Smiths say peer-to-peer shipping service offers an affordable, green alternative

Summerland thrift store to offer reusable cloth bags

Bags at Summerland Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store will be available at a nominal cost in March

Family Day move a welcome change: poll

Okanagan readers voted that the new date for Family Day in B.C. is a positive change

Penticton athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Penticton Vees look to playoffs after Feb. 16 win against Langley

The team needs to win two of their last three games to claim the division title

VIDEO: First responders save man friends say overdosed on fentanyl

Friends administered personal stores of naloxone before responders arrived

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Salmon Arm’s Laura Hall on bronze-winning skating squad

Hall’s team placed third in long track team pursuit at the Canada Winter Games

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

Review: Joie de Vivre a celebration of homegrown talent

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra concert featured Ernst Schneider

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read