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Coquihalla Highway reopens but police investigation still ‘active’ and ‘ongoing’ – BC News

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Update 19:00

The Kokihara Highway has reopened in both directions.

“The incident that caused police to request the highway closure has been closed and we thank all drivers for their patience,” said Sergeant Chris Mansoor, BC RCMP Media Relations Officer.

He said there is still an active and ongoing police investigation that prompted the Mounties to close a key route between BC Interior and the Lower Mainland. The public should expect a significant increase in police vehicles in the area.

The Merritt RCMP is asking witnesses or anyone who was near the Juliet Bridge just south of Merritt near the Kokihala Summit between 12:00pm and 2:00pm on November 23 to call 250-378.4262. I’m also looking for footage from the in-vehicle camera at the time.

No more updates tonight, but the RCMP says they promise to release a more substantial update on Thursday.

Update: 4:30 PM

A police incident on the Coquihala Highway appears to involve a stolen pickup truck.

Tik Tok user Kurtis Brown posted a video Wednesday of a black pickup truck on the Coldwater River near the Juliet Bridge on the Coquihala Highway. He said he fled the area. he later deleted the video.

Another Castanet reader reported that a vehicle had been stolen at gunpoint.

In an earlier press release, Sgt. RCMP’s Chris Manseau said a large number of police were heading to the Juliet Bridge area, suggesting the suspect or suspects are on the run.

RCMP officers with long guns are stopping cars in the area. The highway remains closed in both directions from Merritt to Hope. There is no prospect of reopening.

Updated: 3:50 PM

According to a brief press release issued on RCMP Wednesday, the Kokihara Highway will be closed “for the next few hours.”

Sergeant RCMP’s Chris Manseau called the situation an “ongoing police case.”

“At the moment, no official or commercial vehicles are allowed through,” he said. “The public should anticipate delays in the next few hours as this incident unfolds and plan alternative routes.”

Sergeant Mansoor said “a large number of police resources from the surrounding area” are deployed in the Juliet Bridge area of ​​Coquihala, about 50 kilometers south of Merritt. A vehicle from the RCMP emergency response team was seen leaving West Kelowna, presumably on its way to the incident.

“Public citizens in the area are asked to avoid the area and refrain from posting police actions online,” Sgt. Mansoor said.

Update: 3:30 PM

According to Castanet readers, at least nine RCMP emergency response team vehicles recently left West Kelowna and headed for the Coquihala Highway.

A police incident closed the Coquihala Highway between Merritt and Hope in both directions on Wednesday afternoon. Few details have been released, but Castanet has received unconfirmed reports that he has one or more armed suspects involved in the incident.

ERT vehicles have been leaving West Kelowna for the past hour and a half, presumably on their way to the incident, according to our readers.

Castanet has contacted the RCMP about the incident, but no information has been released at this time.

Original: 2:45 PM

A “police incident” resulted in the complete closure of the Coquihala Highway on Wednesday.

Few details have been made public, but DriveBC reports that the closures spread in both directions, from hope to merit.

Kokihara is regularly closed during the winter due to inclement weather or vehicle crashes, but Wednesday’s closure is due to a “police incident.”

Castanet has received unconfirmed reports that one or more armed suspects may be involved in the incident, but there are no details of the matter at this time. One of her Castanet readers reported that he near Coquihalla was evacuated by TransMountain pipeline workers, but this has also not been confirmed.

Castanet will update this story as more information becomes available.

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