UPDATE: 11 a.m.
RCMP now confirm two people died in an early-morning accident Tuesday on the Coquihalla.
Just before 6 a.m., Logan Lake RCMP were called to an area of Highway 5, approximately three kilometers south of Exit 336, for a report of a vehicle in the ditch.
“Early indications are that the vehicle was traveling southbound on the highway when it hit a deer, causing it to veer off the highway and into a deep ditch,” explains Cpl. Janelle Shoihet.
“Two of the three occupants of the vehicle sustained fatal injuries, while the third sustained critical injuries and has been transported to a local area hospital.”
The southbound lanes of Highway 5 were closed for several hours following the crash. DriveBC reports the highway fully reopened at 10:30 a.m.
UPDATE: 10:40 a.m.
DriveBC reports Highway 5 has reopened after a fatal crash Tuesday morning.
Kamloops RCMP have not yet released any details on the crash.
More to come.
UPDATE: 7:52 a.m.
Early reports are indicating at least two people are believed dead following a fatal crash Tuesday morning.
It appears only a single vehicle was involved in the incident.
More to come.
Highway 5 is closed southbound between Merritt and Kamloops because of a vehicle incident.
The road is shut down at exit 336 and the junction with Highway 97D to Logan Lake.
It appears the incident happened sometime after 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The estimated time of reopening is noon.
The cause of the incident is not known.