Coq opens northbound

UPDATE: 3:25 p.m.

The northbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway are now open, after the highway was closed by a semi truck fire Tuesday morning.

Southbound travel remains closed near Sowaqua Creek.

The truck was hauling phenol formaldehyde resin, a corrosive polymer, which had leaked into a ditch. 

UPDATE: 1 p.m.

A semi on fire on the Coquihalla Highway near Sowaqua Creek is hauling phenol formaldehyde resin.

The synthetic polymer is corrosive and is leaking onto the highway and into the ditch, Emergency Management BC reports. 

Sand is being used to dam the ditch.

An 800-metre exclusion zone has been set up around the incident.

UPDATE: noon

Two Environmental Emergency Response Officers have been deployed to a tractor trailer fire involving corrosive liquid on the Coquihalla, near Carolin Mines.

An exclusion zone has been created around the semi fire.

The next DriveBC update is expected after 2 p.m.

ORIGINAL: 9:54 a.m.

As if there weren't enough obstacles on the region's highways, Highway 5 is now closed in both directions between Othello and Merritt, for an incident two kilometres West of the Carolin Mines exit.

DriveBC reports semi is on fire, and an assessment is in progress.

No detour is available at this time. Highway 1 or 3 could be used as an alternate route for the time being.

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