Man dead after driving wrong way on the Coquihalla Highway

By Vanessa Ybarra
October 28, 2017 - 2:01pm Updated: October 29, 2017 - 8:14am

MERRITT, B.C. — A Lower Mainland man is dead after driving the wrong way on the Coquihalla Highway early Saturday morning.

Central Interior Traffic Services Sergeant Mike Pears says a man was driving his car north in the southbound lanes near the Juliette Creek Interchange south of Merritt at just before 1 a.m. when he collided with a semi.

The semi was attempting to pass another commercial vehicle when the accident occured.

The impact caused the truck to catch fire.

The other truck driver managed to escape harm by swerving onto the shoulder of the highway.

Both drivers sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Police say weather and road conditions were good at the time of the accident.

Police continue to investigate why the man was driving the wrong way on the highway and whether alcohol played a factor.

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