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Heavy rain brings warning of Coquihalla hazard

July 19, 2016 12:00 P.M.

With heavy downpours sweeping across the region Tuesday, July 19, Kamloops RCMP are warning drivers to slow down on the Coquihalla Highway on its approach to the city.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said motorists should be particularly cautious in the Inks Lake area since road conditions can be poor. Her warning came shortly after a vehicle rolled near Inks Lake, sending four people to RIH with non-life threatening injuries.

“Motorists are asked to slow down, give themselves extra room between vehicles and drive according to conditions,” Shelkie said.

There has been a series of accidents in the Inks Lake area in recent months, one involving seven vehicles in three accidents on May 29 and a fatal crash in March in which alcohol was believed to have been a factor. Another crash at Inks Lake on June 8 claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

As much as 15 mm of rain were forecast for the Kamloops area Tuesday as a low-pressure system slowly slides across the province.

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