Woman dead, 4 taken to hospital after Coquihalla crash
Single vehicle crash on B.C.'s Highway 5 between Merritt and Hope shut down traffic Saturday
RCMP say a woman in her 70s is dead after a single vehicle rollover crash Saturday on Highway 5 between Merritt and Hope, B.C.
Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey said RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the crash that happened at about 8:30 a.m. south of the Portia Brake Check.
Responders arrived to find a damaged Mazda CX-9 rolled on its side. O'Donaghey said in a release that two adults and two children in the same vehicle as the woman who died were injured and taken to hospital.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the police statement.
Both injured adults were taken by air to hospital in serious condition where they underwent emergency surgery, according to O'Donaghey.
Police said one of the two children was transported by air to B.C. Children's Hospital in critical condition. The other child was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators have not released the identities or ages of the people involved in the crash.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has dash camera footage to contact B.C. Highway Patrol Chilliwack at 604-702-4039.
According to DriveBC, the crash shut down traffic in both directions Saturday morning. Southbound lanes remained closed until mid-afternoon, but all lanes have since reopened.
UPDATE - <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCHwy5?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BCHwy5</a> - Southbound now OPEN at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MerrittBC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MerrittBC</a>. <br><br>Southbound traffic on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Coquihalla?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Coquihalla</a> highway south of Merritt should encounter major delays due to congestion. See red lines on attached map.<br><br>Alternative route remains available via <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCHwy5A?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BCHwy5A</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCHwy3?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BCHwy3</a>.<a href="https://twitter.com/YRBNicola?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@YRBNicola</a> <a href="https://t.co/9f14bZTxCI">pic.twitter.com/9f14bZTxCI</a>—@DriveBC