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Updated at 12:07pm

The RCMP have released the following information:

On May 16th, 2019 the Merritt RCMP assisted the Southeast Traffic Services with a multi-vehicle multi-collision on Highway 5 in the northbound lane near the Coldwater Interchange.

Through investigation, evidence at scene and witness statements it was determined that a small car collided with a northbound commercial vehicle.  This collision caused no injuries and all those involved were exchanging information at the roadside. 

Two additional vehicles approached the scene causing a chain reaction of collisions. 

The driver and passenger who were standing roadside from the initial collision were seriously injured and flown by BC Air Ambulance to a local hospital. 

A 47-year-old Salmon Arm man who stopped to offer assistance was pronounced dead at the scene by BC Emergency Health Services. 

Several other vehicle passengers were treated at scene for their injuries.

This collision investigation continues to be led by the Southeast District Traffic Services with support from the Merritt RCMP.


Updated at 10:15am  

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that the person who died was a man in his 40’s.

The cause of the crash is still unclear, and the Coroners Service is investigating.   


Original story 

The Coquihalla has reopened in both directions between Merritt and Hope after a fatal crash on Thursday evening.

A minimum of three vehicles were involved in the crash which occurred northbound along Highway 5 on Larson Hill.

BC Emergency Health Services tweeted out the following:

At approximately 5:30 pm this afternoon BC Ambulance paramedics responded to an incident on the #Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt. Six patients were transported to hospital, two in critical condition by air ambulance and four in stable condition by ground ambulance.

The BC Coroners Service is reporting that the incident did result in at least one fatality. The condition of those transported to hospital both by air and ground is not known at this time.

Unconfirmed reports from the scene had bystander preforming CPR on one victim that had been ejected from their vehicle.  

More to come


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