Collision on the Coquihalla claims a life


2024-01-08 15:08 PST

File # 2024-113

The Merritt RCMP want to remind to slow down and drive to the conditions, after a collision on the Coquihalla Highway claims a life.

On January 8, 2024, the Merritt RCMP were alerted to a collision on the Coquihalla Highway, approximately 45 kilometers South of Merritt. A Ford F150 travelling Southbound, crossed the center median ditch and went into on coming traffic. The F150 struck a Semi Truck and trailer heading Northbound in the slow lane. The driver of the F150 was declared deceased at the scene and the passenger was airlifted to hospital. The driver of the Semi Truck sustained minor injuries. 

MR5102 police ford explorer parked outside of the Merritt RCMP Detachment.

"We are still investigating the exact cause of the collision. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased", says S/Sgt. Josh Roda. "We want to remind the public to slow down and drive to the conditions this winter. The conditions on the Coquihalla Highway can change quickly."

If anyone witnessed the collision or has dash camera footage and has not yet spoken to police, please call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.

Released by:

S/Sgt. J. Roda
Detachment Commander
Merritt RCMP
2999 Voght Street, Merritt, BC V1K 1G9
Office: 250-378-4262
Fax: 250-315-4611


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