Hwy 5 reopens but RCMP mum on reason for closure, say investigation ‘active and ongoing’

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Half of the Coquihalla Highway was closed in both directions due to an “active and unfolding police incident” on Wednesday afternoon.

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The highway between north of Hope, BC, just south of Merritt, was closed for hours, finally reopening to traffic just before 7 p.m.

In an update late on Wednesday, the police refused to specify what was the reason for the closure of the vital route.


A “more complete” update will be provided tomorrow, Sgt. Chris Manseau said in a media release.

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“The investigation into the need for closure is active and ongoing, and the public can expect to see a significant increase in police vehicles in the area,” he said.

Police did not say whether anyone was arrested or injured.

The mountains are asking anyone with dash cam video near Juliet Bridge south of Merritt and Coquihalla Summit between noon and 2 p.m. to contact Merritt RCMP.

Earlier in the day, the RCMP said a large number of police resources from surrounding areas had been deployed to the Juliet Bridge area.

Police had also asked the public to avoid the area and to refrain from posting any police action online.

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DriveBC recommended a detour via Highways 3 and 5A.

Source: globalnews.ca

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