Vehicle fire near Merritt causing long delays

Vehicle goes up in flames

UPDATED: 7:28 p.m.

Highway 5 between exits 286 and 290 has been cleared and both lanes are now open.

ORIGINAL: 5:21 p.m.

A vehicle fire in the northbound lane of Highway 5 is causing major delays in Merritt. The right lane of the northbound road is closed, and DriveBC says to expect a delay between 60-90 minutes.

The fire is between exits 286 and 290, and it is undetermined how long it will be until the road is clear.

Castanet will update once more information becomes available.

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