Sudden snowfall causes multiple crashes on Coquihalla, killing 1 and injuring 10

One dead, 10 hurt in Coquihalla crashes

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Ten people were hurt and one woman died on B.C.’s Coquihalla Highway in a series of crashes on Sunday blamed on a sudden snow squall.

Witnesses described rounding a bend just south of Merritt at highway speeds to see the route obscured by heavy, wet snow.

RCMP Sgt. Mike Pears says the woman was killed after skidding into the centre median and being hit by a second vehicle that was sliding as she got out to inspect damage to her car.

Pears says a police cruiser responding to the first accident was rear-ended by another car, resulting in a chain-reaction crash involving four vehicles.

One driver who managed to weave through the damaged vehicles on the highway says the road was completely bare just one kilometre north.

The collisions closed Highway 5 for hours, but traffic was moving again before midnight. (CHNL, CFJC)

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Ghostriders show grit and tenacity

Hard work and heartbreak; a reoccurring theme in Fernie’s past two hockey… Continue reading

Fernie Swim team aims for Nationals

Aidan Chudleigh has high hopes for his swim team this year, and… Continue reading

Jaffray Area OCP goes to public hearing

The public hearing will be held November 22nd at 7:00 PM at the Jaffray Community Hall.

Oil dumped illegally at Tie Lake Transfer Station

The Regional District of East Kootenay is searching for any information in… Continue reading

Forecasters promote avalanche safety awareness

Avalanche Canada advising backcountry enthusiasts to get proper training and equipment.

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Sparwood florist to compete nationally

The Maple Leaf Cup; where art and flower design meet under one… Continue reading

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Drones take off to search for missing North Okanagan women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

It’s important to keep your ‘online footprint’ safe

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

Rising gas prices have valley drivers fuming

Two weeks ago, $20 worth of gas got Delenia Phillips twice as… Continue reading

Most Read