Coquihalla closures to be investigated: BC Highways official

VANCOUVER — Provincial transport officials are looking into truckers’ complaints that stretches of the Coquihalla highway were closed this week because of a shortage of snow plows.

A section between Merritt and Kamloops, B.C. was closed for about 18 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday as heavy snowfall caused the highway to become dangerous for drivers, reports Canadian Press.

Three commercial vehicles — likely sliding on black ice, collided on the road just north of Merritt, according to the report.

Ministry of Transportation spokeswoman Susan Williams told the news agency that there were several complaints about the company contracted to remove snow, VSA Highway Maintenance.

“And so we’re having a look to see what exactly went on as to how many crews were on what roads,” she said. “And making sure in the future that these roads are cleared in a more timely manner.”

— from Canadian Press

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