UPDATE 3:30PM — the highway is now OPEN northbound, with the exception of the right lane. Expect delays and watch for traffic control.
A vehicle fire involving a large commercial vehicle has closed the highway between Merritt in Kamloops, slowing southbound traffic to a crawl and blocking all northbound lanes.
According to DriveBC, the incident is taking place between Exit 315 (Helmer) and Exit 336 (Walloper). Drivers accessing this stretch of Highway 5 can expect delays, with future updates expected throughout the afternoon. The cause of the incident is currently unknown.
For up-to-date information on closures and highway conditions, visit www.drivebc.ca.