Fatal Coquihalla crash

6:50 a.m. update:

A woman is dead following a single vehicle rollover on the Coquihalla.

The accident happened at around 6:45 p.m. Sunday night, 13 km north of Merritt.

RCMP report a 2010 Mazda 3, traveling south bound, went off the highway to the left, the driver corrected to bring the vehicle back onto the route, but the vehicle skidded and rolled over several times as it crossed the highway. It ended up in the ditch on the opposite side of the highway facing the wrong direction.

The 27-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene, the 30-year-old driver had minor injuries.

Highway 5 was closed for several hours while the RCMP and the BC Coroner's Office investigated.

Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the accident.


8:30 p.m. UPDATE

Highway 5 between Merritt and Kamloops remains closed after a motor vehicle accident. 

The current estimated time of reopening is between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m.

A motor vehicle accident has closed the southbound lanes of Highway 5 between Merritt and Kamloops. 

Merritt RCMP could not be immediately reached for details.

An assessment is in progress and there is currently no estimated time of reopening. 

More to come.


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