Multiple avalanches close Highway 40

Highway 40 near Lillooet is closed in both directions after two avalanches came down on the road around 5 this morning.

The avalanches came down near Minto Bluff, approximately 95 kilometres west of the Junction with Highway 99 at Lillooet.

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No one was injured; however one car is trapped between the two avalanche locations. Ministry of Transportation spokesperson Sonia Lowe said ministry staff  are in “regular contact” with the occupants to ensure they are safe.

Lowe said no one was injured and no vehicles were damaged by the avalanches.

Avalanche technicians are working to clear the road of debris and snow.

The ministry expects the road to be cleared and open later this afternoon.

For updates on road conditions and events, please check the DriveBC website at http://www.drivebc.ca/

The slide comes a day after authorities raised the avalanche danger rating for mountains in the Sea to Sky region.

Backcountry hikers, skiers and snomobilers across British Columbia are being warned to take extreme care this weekend.

Avalanche Canada has issued a special public warning that begins today and remains in effect until Monday.

The warning applies to the northwest coast and southcoast inland, as well as to the Cariboo, Columbia and Kootenay-Boundary regions, the Purcell range and the Lizard-Flathead area in southeastern B.C.

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