Junction of Highway 5 and Highway 1 near Kamloops.

Junction of Highway 5 and Highway 1 near Kamloops.

Highway 5 shut down southbound due to crash east of Hope

The closure could affect northbound traffic on the Coquihalla as well.

BC RCMP’s Fraser Valley Traffic Services is responding to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 5 this afternoon, southbound at Box Canyon. Highway 5 is closed in this direction for the time being.

“At this time the RCMP is unable to confirm information such as the number of vehicles involved or injuries,” says Cst. Melissa Wutke, spokesperson for BC RCMP Traffic Services. “Our priority is first to assist any injured, and ensure emergency health services can get access to those individuals and get them to hospital.”

Motorists are advised to check with Drive BC to determine the best route to take.

“Due to the number of vehicles involved, we anticipate it will take some time to re-open the Highway, and drivers northbound may also be impacted,” says Cst. Wutke.

No further details are known at this time.