Footage taken from across the gas station in Little Fort shows the traffic stopped on Highway 5. (Photo courtesy of Pam Jim)

Footage taken from across the gas station in Little Fort shows the traffic stopped on Highway 5. (Photo courtesy of Pam Jim)

UPDATE: Person trapped, air ambulance responding after semi slams into car on Highway 5

Two people were air-lifted to hospital in Kamloops.

UPDATE

A collision between a newer model Toyota Camry and a five-ton tanker truck sent two people to hospital and slowed down travel on the highway for a couple of hours.

Fire crews from Barriere, Little Fort and Blackpool were at the scene as one of the occupants allegedly had to be cut out of the vehicle. A father and son were then air lifted to hospital in Kamloops, their injuries unknown. The Camry is believed to have cut in front of the tanker truck, though an investigation is on-going, said Sgt. Grant Simpson of the Clearwater RCMP detachment.

The driver of the tanker truck was okay.

Traffic was at a standstill for about an hour this afternoon (June 24) as emergency crews worked. DriveBC noted the highway was re-opened and clear at 2:39 p.m.

An air ambulance also was requested early in the afternoon for an incident in Blue River, but was shortly rescinded, Sgt. Grant Simpson confirmed.

EARLIER

DriveBC is now reporting that the collision on Highway 5 just south of Little Fort is cleared and the highway is open.

More to come.

2:06 p.m.: Emergency crews in the North Thompson are busy this afternoon (Thursday June 24) as they respond to reports of two motor vehicle collisions.

A Facebook user posted to the Hwy 5 Road Conditions Upper and Lower North Thompson of a collision between a semi-trailer and car on Highway 5 and Webb Road, just south of Little Fort. The incident is believed to involve four people, one of whom is allegedly trapped.

Traffic on Highway 5 is now stopped and backed up. Traffic heading south is now lined up past the gas station in Little Fort to the north, according to comments on the Facebook post.

DriveBC reported on Twitter that Highway 5 is closed and a detour is not available.

Barriere, Blackpool and Little Fort fire are responding to the scene, as well as RCMP and BC Ambulance. Two air ambulances have been dispatched from Kamloops, according to Kamscan on Twitter.

The Kamscan tweet also mentions a second collision Blue River, where a third air ambulance had been dispatched, before the Little Fort incident.

More to come.



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