• Kelowna's Homepage
  • Vernon's Homepage


Man killed in Coq. crash

UPDATE 5 P.M. - RCMP in Merritt confirm one man is dead as a result of a single vehicle collision on the Coquihalla Highway 25km south of Merritt. The crash occurred about 7:40 a.m. Friday.

Police say investigation determined a Chevy pickup was travelling northbound when the driver lost control. The pickup crossed the centre median and encroached into the southbound lanes rolling before coming to rest on its roof. The 66-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

RCMP continue to investigate. The man's name has not yet been released.

11:30 a.m. update: Highway 5 Southbound has reopened 20 km south of Merritt. 

Send photos and video to [email protected]

9: 20 a.m.: The southbound lanes of the Coquihalla are closed this morning due to a vehicle incident south of Merritt.

Detours are available via Hwy 97C to Hwy 5A to Hwy 3, also on Hwy 8 to Hwy 1.

An assessment is currently in progress. The road is expected to reopen between 12-4 p.m.


Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.

More BC News

Vancouver Webcam
Recent Trending
Member of the RTNDA