Pair of serious crashes close Hwy 3 at Christina Lake

Single lane open at crash

UPDATE: noon

DriveBC reports single-lane, alternating traffic at the scene of a serious crash on Highway 3 near Christina Lake. Motorists should expect delays. 

UPDATE: 11:10 a.m.

B.C. Emergency Health Services says the more serious of the two accidents that have closed Highway 3 near Christina Lake involves a tanker truck and car.

Emergency crews were first called to the crash about 9:30 a.m., 14 kilometres east of Christina Lake. A total of five ambulances have responded. 

“Our air ambulance helicopter was having difficulty landing in the area due to weather so we are in the process of getting one of our air ambulance jets into Grand Forks,” said BCEHS communications officer Shannon Miller. 

“Two patients are being transported to hospital in serious but stable condition. One patient is critical and will be transported to an acute care hospital.”

There were no injuries at a secondary crash near the scene. 

Cpl. Mike Halskov confirmed Highway 3 remains closed and did not offer an estimate when it would reopen. 

“Police urge all motorists to drive with caution, as road and weather conditions can change with little warning at this time of year,” he said, adding drivers should obey traffic control personnel at the scene of any crash.

ORIGINAL: 10 a.m.

Highway 3 is closed in both directions just north of Christina Lake due to a pair of crashes. 

DriveBC reports the highway is closed at McRae Road. No detour is available. 

Initial reports indicate that there are two separate collisions emergency crews are currently dealing with, with at least one involving injuries. "Adverse" road conditions through Paulson Pass has delayed emergency responders in getting to and from the scene.

It is expected the highway will remain closed for several hours.

Castanet News will update as more information becomes available. 

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