Six vehicles involved in fatal crash on Coquihalla Highway

By on February 12, 2018
Police files. (Herald files).


One person died in a crash involving six vehicles on the Coquihalla Highway on Sunday afternoon.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for approximately 10 hours while emergency services responded to the crash, which occurred 32 kilometres south of Merritt on Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m.

According to a press release from the Central Interior Traffic Services (CITS), a 35-year-old male had exited his vehicle to render assistance after an initial collision. He was then struck and killed by another vehicle.

A 78-year-old man was taken by air ambulance to Royal Inlands Hospital in Kamloops with critical injuries, but his condition has since been downgraded to “serious.” Two other people were treated for minor injuries at the Nicola Valley Hospital.

“The cause of the collision is believed to be speed relative to road conditions and sudden changes in road condition in shaded areas of the highway,” stated the RCMP press release.

RCMP CITS in Merritt is asking that anyone with information regarding this collision who has not already spoken with police to contact Central Interior Traffic Services at 250-378-4262, quoting file 2018-644.

This is the second fatal accident on the Coquihalla Highway since the start of February.

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