2 critical in crash

Alanna Kelly

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m.

Highway 1 is now open in both directions after a serious collision 19 kilometres west of Revelstoke. 

Drivers are to expect delays due to congestion and drive with caution.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

Drive BC said Highway 1 at the scene of a multi-vehicle collision is expected to reopen at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

UPDATE: 2 p.m.

Six people have been taken to hospital, two in critical condition, following a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 1 west of Revelstoke. 

Three ambulances and one helicopter were dispatched to the scene. There has been no information on what caused the crash. 

The highway has been closed in both directions for several hours. DriveBC has stated, the highway will remain closed until at least 5 p.m.

UPDATE: 1:44 p.m.

Highway 1 west of Revelstoke will remain closed in both directions until at least 5 p.m.

The latest update from DriveBC states that a traffic analyst is on scene, and that there is an investigation in progress.

A serious crash closed the highway shortly after 12 p.m.

Drivers are being asked to turn around.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.

Highway 1 outside of Revelstoke remains closed, despite traffic slowly moving.

Twitter users stuck on the highway are providing some updates. "RCMP came by and said at least a 4 hour closure." 

"Just moved up a few hundred metres. Not sure what happened up there. Hope no one seriously injured." 

One person stuck in traffic tweeted out: "People being turned around saying minimum 4 hours now ... the stream of traffic is turnarounds."

"Yeah tons of westbound traffic people turning around back towards Revelstoke," tweeted another user.

DriveBC sent out a tweet at 12:40 stating:  Highway 1 "Closed 19km West of #Revelstoke due to vehicle incident. Assessment in progress."

The next update is expected at 2 p.m.

ORIGINAL 12:42 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed in both directions outside Revelstoke due to a vehicle collision.

DriveBC reports the incident occurred 19 kilometres west of Revelstoke, near Three Valley Gap.

It appears the incident happened just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, and one Castanet reader says they've been stuck in traffic since 11:30 a.m.

"Just saw a helicopter fly over," said Tyler Boschman‏.

An estimated time of reopening is not yet available, and a scene assessment is in progress.

No detour is set up at this time and an update is expected at 2 p.m.

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