Fatal crash closes northbound Coquihalla overnight

Northbound traffic has partially reopened after a fatal crash on the Coquihalla last night between Hope and Merritt.

The left northbound lane is closed at Coquihalla Lakes, after two accidents near the Britton Creek turnoff, about 50 km north of Hope.

It all started at about 9:15, when RCMP were called to a crash between two tractor trailers, which also started a fire.

That fire also spread to nearby bushes, and was extinguished by provincial firefighters who came down from Kamloops.

With northbound lanes temporarily closed for the fire, another vehicle driving north hit the back of a tractor trailer.

The driver of that vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Northbound lanes were closed up until about 7:30 this morning, as police continued investigating both crashes.