Video/Photos: Snow causes weekend driving havoc on Coquihalla Highway and Okanagan Connector

Snow is making travel very difficult on Hwy. 97C — otherwise known as the Okanagan Connector — after heavy snowfall blanketed the route from Merritt to Peachland on Saturday night. The highway was closed to eastbound traffic four kilometres west of the Pennask summit for about two hours Sunday afternoon after a multi-vehicle collision around 2 p.m.. The route was re-opened shortly before 4:30 p.m.

Another multi-vehicle pile up at the top of the Pennask. Same place as the last one.

Posted by Dan Hart on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday’s heavy snowfall made for treacherous driving on the Coquihalla Highway. Sunday, one driver, Kati Spencer, said she spotted several vehicles that appeared to have spun off the road between Hope and Merritt. She’d previously seen people driving recklessly, she said. “Coming out of Vancouver there were some people driving aggressively. Tailgating and weaving through traffic and speeding. Two white cars and a big white truck,” she said. She often drives from Vancouver to Kelowna. “It’s common,” she said. “There’s always drivers like that.” DriveBC said “spun-out semi trucks” forced the closure of the highway to southbound traffic Saturday afternoon.

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