Revelstoke-Golden (Highway 1: 38 fatal crashes) The 148-kilometre route has long been considered one of the most dangerous major highways in all of Canada. In spring, summer or fall, it's a breeze, but in winter there are at least 400-500 accidents and plenty of fatalities. Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for much of the southern portion of B.C. One person has died after a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 5 — also known as the Coquihalla — between Hope and Merritt early on Wednesday morning. Coquihalla Highway is an extreme freeway located in southern British Columbia, Canada. The driver of that vehicle died at the side of the road, police said. Be the first to know! 1,244 m or 4,081 ft) is a highway summit along the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia, Canada. C in cold winter weather. Sorry we could not verify that email address. That caused another northbound vehicle to run into the back of a commercial vehicle trailer. Learn how to create your own. (Courtesy BC Highway camera), {* backButton *} The road can be closed anytime due to avalanches, snowfalls, flooding and debris. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. Your existing password has not been changed. The highway is pretty good, some sections have frost heaves and uneven pavement but it's 2 lanes each way so slower traffic like trucks are not an issue. Tolls on the Coquihalla Highway will be removed immediately, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today during his annual address to the Union of B.C. Winter tires or chains are required on most routes in British Columbia from October 1 to April 30.The drive, part of the British Columbia Highway 5, is 185.6 km (115.3 mi) long. {* traditionalSignIn_signInButton *}, {* backButton *} B.C. I understand that I can withdraw my consent at any time. 1 person dead after crash on Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Coquihalla Highway is an extreme freeway located in southern British Columbia, Canada. Rogers Media uses cookies for personalization, to customize its online advertisements, and for other purposes. Municipalities. Send me promotions, surveys and info from NEWS 1130 and other Rogers brands. Snow has caused limited visibility on the highway. You have activated your account, please feel free to browse our exclusive contests, videos and content. There were 32 fatal crashes between 2004 and 2013 (according to ICBC). By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Crews have been assigned to the larger outages. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. The main factor is you’re driving over a mountain. Mike Halskov with Merritt RCMP said black ice may have been be a contributing factor. To quote Highway from Hell's Jamie Davis, “I can’t criticize the Coquihalla. The next update is scheduled for 10 a.m. Emergency Health Services said it received a call about a multi-vehicle incident at 6:48 a.m., and that the second crash happened at 7:30 a.m. Three ambulances and two air ambulances were dispatched. {* legalAcceptanceAcceptButton *}, {* backButton *} Daily updates for Weather, Traffic, News, and Entertainment. The road climbs up the Coquihalla Pass, a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.244m (4,081ft) above the sea level. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. Enter your email below and we'll send you another email. The Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) is currently closed in both directions due to a multi-vehicle incident. By checking this box, I agree to the terms of service and privacy policy of Rogers Media. The travel advisory for Merritt to Kelowna has also been lifted. Travelers are still advised to use caution and drive to winter conditions. You can also expect to see snow on all highways out of Metro Vancouver, including the Sea to Sky up to Squamish and Whistler. Signs along the Coquihalla Highway frequently warn drivers to be aware of sudden changes in weather.It was a toll road until 2008. There are spun out commercial vehicles on Larsen Hill. Cpl. “Highway is now open in both directions after a vehicle incident this morning,” says a … Do you know any spectacular road?Click here to send us all the info, and we'll publish it! Merritt RCMP said in a written statement that officers were called to a motor vehicle incident near Larsen Hill. It is the highest point on the highway between the cities of Hope and Merritt.It is located just south of the former toll booth plaza on the Coquihalla Highway, about 50 km (31 mi) north of Hope, and 65 km (40 mi) south of Merritt and is the divide between the Coquihalla River and the … Temperatures in the area were around  –2 C at the time of the crash. There were 32 fatal crashes between 2004 and 2013 (according to ICBC). It’s part of the Highway 5 and is around 200km long. Proper preparation is essential to having a safe, enjoyable trip on this road. Trucks have been known to avoid the route due to the long, steep climb up to the summit and the long, steep descent, but most motorists don't have any hesitation about driving the route in spring-summer-fall conditions. Poor road conditions had caused an initial incident in the northbound lanes that slowed down traffic. Please contact us. Coquihalla Highway, one of the worst roads in winters. Careful preparation for your trip will ensure that if, and when, things do go wrong, you are prepared for the situation. We want your experiences too! More than 1,700 customers in the Thompson and Shuswap region were also without power. It’s one of the worst roads in all of North America in winters. Send me alerts, event notifications and special deals or information from our carefully screened partners that may be of interest to me. Drive BC said several commercial trucks spun out in the slippery conditions. Make sure you get your vehicle and yourself well-prepared before driving this road. Coquihalla Summit (el. Please confirm the information below before signing up. One person has died after a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 5 — also known as the Coquihalla — between Hope and Merritt early on Wednesday morning. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). It’s part of the Highway 5 and is around 200km long. “Highway is now open in both directions after a vehicle incident this morning,” says a tweet from Drive BC. Due to the remoteness of the area, take special care to ensure that you’re ready for the trip. Listen live for traffic updates every 10 minutes on the ones. Get breaking news, weather and traffic stories in your inbox 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Enter your email address to get a new one. We didn't recognize that password reset code. Comments are welcome while open. VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Coquihalla Highway is again open between Merritt and Hope after closing earlier Friday due to snow-related crashes. {* createAccountButton *}, You may have created a profile with another. It’s one of the worst roads in all of North America in winters. One person died after a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 5 — also known as the Coquihalla — between Hope and Merritt early on Wednesday morning. Drive to winter conditions in the area and expect delays due to congestion #MerrittBC #HopeBC. This map was created by a user. All rights reserved. Earlier, as many as 12,000 in that area had no power. It is very steep at both ends and although it is a modern highway, most truckers avoid traveling on it due to the extra gasoline expense that the steep inclines create. The Coquihalla Highway - Phase 1, Hope to Merritt - was completed in time for Expo 86 in 1986. It requires skill to drive.” At high elevations it can sometimes get to be -30 deg. Share YOUR roads!We've more than 13.000 roads but we want more! The crash was in the southbound lanes, but affected northbound traffic as well. Make sure your vehicle is in good shape with summer coolant and good brakes and tires. Winter surprises are a real fear, sudden snow storms, blowing snow and fog, often make winter driving hazardous and slow. Winter driving is indeed dangerous, but that is more a reflection of the high elevation and mountainous terrain rather than the road itself. Three passengers in the northbound vehicle were taken to hospital for treatment. This asphalted road is the main highway link between Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver B.C. Drive BC said several commercial trucks spun out in the slippery conditions. An error has occurred while trying to update your details. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. #BCHwy5 #Coquihalla Highway is now open in both directions after a vehicle incident this morning. The location of the former toll booth is 13 km (8 mi) north of the snow shed, passing through … It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. You can also follow us on Twitter @NEWS1130Traffic or subscribe to breaking news alerts sent directly to your inbox. Smart drivers have lots of gas, carry winter clothing, a candle (for warmth) and sleeping bag in the car ' just in case' (chances are that you will never need those extras). 2440 Ash St. Vancouver, BC V5Z 4J6 © 1996-2020 Rogers Media. Meanwhile, more than 2,800 customers are without power in the Lower Mainland and on the Sunshine Coast. The Coquihalla Highway summit on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. outside Metro Vancouver. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. It can often be treacherous, with ice and snow accumulating even in the summer, so exercise caution as you make your way. However, expect delays due to congestion in Merrit and Hope. VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Coquihalla Highway is again open between Merritt and Hope after closing earlier Friday due to snow-related crashes. More than half of those, or 1,655, are in North Vancouver and are related to nine outages from the base of Grouse Mountain to the Capilano Highlands, according to BC Hydro. Last Updated Oct 23, 2020 at 12:18 pm PST, The Coquihalla Highway is closed between Merritt and Hope, Drive BC says several commercial trucks have spun out in the slippery conditions, Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for much of the southern portion of the province outside Metro Vancouver. 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