Several emergency vehicles responded to a serious motor vehicle collision about 20 kilometres west of Salmon Arm in the vicinity of Carlin Hall. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Update: The Trans-Canada Highway west of Salmon Arm reopened at midnight Sunday

Highway 1 was closed for nearly eight hours after what was reported as a three-vehicle collision

The Trans-Canada Highway west of Salmon Arm reopened at midnight, Sunday Dec. 2.

The highway was closed in both directions for approximately seven-and-a-half hours following what unofficial reports say was a three-vehicle collision.

It took place about 20 kilometres west of Salmon Arm near Carlin Hall in Tappen.

Many emergency personnel responded and two ambulances were seen taking people involved to hospital.The four-lane highway was closed while police completed their investigation of the crash.

Police have not yet issued a news release with more details of the incident.

11:10 p.m.

The final update from Drive BC on Dec. 2 regarding Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm does not provide an estimated time for the highway to reopen.

Drive BC reports that the next update regarding the highway’s status will take place on Monday, Dec. 3, with no time scheduled for that update.

About 8:30 p.m., however, drivers stuck on the highway report being told by road crews the wait could be another four to five hours, which would mean reopening about 1 or 1:30 a.m.

The collision took place near Carlin Hall and was reported about 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Unconfirmed reports said three vehicles were involved.

Police have not yet issued a news release.

Update: 10:10 p.m.

Once again, Drive BC is not providing an estimated time for the Trans-Canada Highway to reopen about 20 kilometres west of Salmon Arm.

The 10 p.m. Drive BC report states: “Highway 1, in both directions. Vehicle incident between White Creek Frtg and Ford Rd for 2.1 km (2 to 4 km west of Tappen). Road closed. Estimated time of opening not available. Detour in effect. Detour available via Highway 97, Highway 97A and Highway 97B. Next update time Sun Dec 2 at 11:00 PM PST.”

However, about 8:30 p.m., drivers stuck on the highway report being told by road crews the wait could be another four to five hours, which could mean reopening about 1 a.m. The collision took place near Carlin Hall.

Unconfirmed reports say three vehicles were involved. The road remains closed while investigators determine what happened.

Update: 9:10 p.m.

As of its 9:04 p.m. update, Drive BC says the estimated time of opening is not available.

It reports that detours are available via Highway 97, Highway 97A and Highway 97B.

The next Drive BC update is scheduled for 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, drivers stuck on the highway report being told by crews the wait could be as long as another four hours.

Update 8 p.m.:

The Trans-Canada Highway remains closed about 20 kilometres west of Salmon Arm and could remain so for another four hours.

People stuck on the highway are reporting they’ve been told by crews that the closure could continue until at least midnight. However, Drive BC will post an update at 9 p.m. with the official predicted time of reopening.

The crash took place about 4:45 p.m. on an open stretch of highway by Carlin Hall in Tappen.

Unconfirmed reports say that three vehicles were involved.

Original article:

The Trans-Canada Highway is closed in both directions about 20 kilometres west of Salmon Arm due to a motor vehicle collision.

The crash took place about 4:45 p.m. on an open stretch of highway by Carlin Hall in Tappen.

Although vehicles are already being removed from the highway, it appears police will be investigating for some time.

Some people involved have been taken to hospital by ambulance, and several emergency vehicles remain on scene. Flaggers are also on scene directing traffic.

More information as it becomes available.


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