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UPDATE: Highway 5 near Clearwater reopens after fatal collision

The closure was at Cliff Road

Highway 5 is now fully reopened late Tuesday afternoon (April 23) north of Clearwater on Highway 5.

Emergency crews were on scene throughout the night and day just north of the community after a fatal head-on collision on Highway 5 which resulted in a wildfire.

Highway 5 continued to be closed in both directions due to the serious incident at Cliff Road, three kilometres north of Clearwater.

RCMP, along with Blackpool and Vavenby fire departments responded to the incident, which reportedly involved a commercial transport truck and smaller work truck.

On call services assisted with large volumes of water shuttles given the location and wildfire threat, said fire chief Mike Savage.

DriveBC issued the first closure notice at 1:57 a.m. Tuesday morning April 23.