It’s been a long, cold night for many motorists on the Trans-Canada Highway between Revelstoke and Golden, BC. The highway was closed over over 12 hours after an RCMP officer was shot and wounded Tuesday afternoon. Just before 6 a.m. MDT, Drive BC reported a single lane of the highway has been reopened for alternating traffic.
Authorities shut down the highway in both directions at about 4 p.m. after an officer was shot during a police operation.
RCMP were stopping traffic in connection looking for a suspected stolen vehicle when the driver of a stopped vehicle failed to comply with police direction, shot a female officer, and fled in a stolen car. A manhunt for the suspect quickly began and all traffic on the 122-kilometre stretch of highway between Golden and Revelstoke was blocked.
With a low of -6C overnight, some motorists were tweeting that they were cold, hungry, thirsty and in need of bathrooms. Around midnight driver Bill Doskoch told Global News he and his passengers have some apples, but no water. “It’s getting cold, but we luckily packed a sleeping bag.” Another driver added they were cold and could use a bathroom and water.
Frustration at the scene was mounting through the night with many complaining police had not communicated to them what was going on or when they might be able to get moving.
Traffic slowly began to move around 8:30 p.m., but people in the area said police were only letting about two vehicles through at a time after searching them.