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The Coq. is now open

March 1 -- 6 a.m. The Coquihalla is now open in both directions. The highway was closed for several hours Friday night as crews cleared away multiple accidents near the summit.

Castanet reader Jeff says his family was stuck in traffic behind the accident, and that a semi truck had jack-knifed up ahead, resulting in about seven other cars crashing. He says the road was closed from approximately 5 - 9 p.m. on Friday night.

On Saturday, DriveBC has said drivers should expect compact snow with slippery sections on Highway 5.


6:40 p.m. update: Highway 5 Northbound is now open with traffic moving on both lanes at Exit 228, Coquihalla Lakes Road. 

This came in to our news tip line: 'Coquihalla at the summit going south has been stopped for half hour. Heard from trucker semi jack-knifed and several other cars involved. Could be shut down for a few hours.'

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6:11 p.m.: DriveBC is reporting that the Coquihalla is closed in both directions.

Highway 5 northbound is closed at Exit 228, Coquihalla Lakes Road because of a vehicle Incident. Estimated time of opening is between 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Next update 7 p. m. a detour is available via Highway 1 or Highway 3. 

Highway 5 southbound is closed at Exit 217, Zopkios because of  another vehicle Incident.

There is no estimated time of opening an assessment is in progress.

Detour is available on either Highway 97C or Hwy 3.

The next update will also be at 7 p.m. for this part of the closure.

For more information please check out DriveBC.

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