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UPDATE: Highway 3 incident past Princeton estimated to be clear by midnight

Multiple vehicle incidents have closed the highway since the morning
Trucks lined up and waiting in Princeton to get to the Lower Mainland along Highway 3. One of the incidents closing the road is currently expected to be cleared at 11:30 p.m.

Update: 12:30 p.m.:

DriveBC has updated its tracker with an estimated time of 11:30 p.m. for clearing one of the two major incidents that have closed Highway 3 west of Princeton.

Traffic has backed up in Hope and Princeton for trucks and travelers aiming to head to the Lower Mainland since early in the morning of Nov. 26.

There is no estimate listed for the second incident, updated with a location between Exit 173 on Old Hope Princeton Way and Frontage Road for 128.7 km according to Drive BC, as to when it is anticipated to be cleared.

Original Story:

Despite only recently re-opening for essential travel only, Highway 3 west of Princeton is closed due to multiple vehicle incidents.

According to Drive BC, there are currently (on the morning of Nov. 26) two active incidents closing the highway in both directions between Princeton and the community of Eastgate. One incident is located between Burr Road and Wrights Road, five kilometres west of Princeton and involved two tractor-trailers that collided head-on about 6 a.m. Friday.

RCMP stated the highway will be closed down for some considerable time.

Princeton RCMP Cpl. Kyle Richmond called the incident very serious but would not comment as to the injuries of those involved.

The other crash occurred at Tower Road, 47 kilometres west of Princeton.

There are no detours available.

Traffic is congested in the Town of Princeton with semi-trucks lining the streets for several kilometres.

READ MORE: New washout closes Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton

Further west, traffic is reduced to a single lane due to slide cleanup from the Allison Pass Summit to Sunshine Valley.

Traffic along the highway connecting the Lower Mainland to the Interior is currently limited to only essential travelers, and traffic delays were expected due to the amount of goods expected to be traveling along the highway.

READ MORE: Highway 3 reopened post-flooding to essential travel only

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