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UPDATE: Coquitlam commuters urged to drive carefully as Highway 1 east reopens on Port Mann Bridge

A multi-vehicle collision on the bridge caused all lanes to close for several hours; reports indicate one person was sent to hospital.
Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam commuters looking to head eastbound over the Port Mann Bridge may run into a lot of congestion following a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 1.

4:15 p.m.

Drive BC says Highway 1 eastbound lanes are all clear on the Port Mann Bridge, but warns of major delays for Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam commuters.

Reports indicate one person was taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle collision that caused a big back-up for several hours this afternoon (Sept. 17).

The incident took place around 1:30 p.m. before the 152 Street exit to Surrey.

With heavy rainfall, drivers are being reminded to slow down, turn on the headlights of your vehicle so others can see the brake lights.

2:15 p.m.

Commuters out of Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam looking to head east today may need to change their route for the afternoon.

Drive BC is reporting a serious Highway 1 multi-vehicle crash on the east side of the Port Mann Bridge heading towards the 152 Street exit in Surrey and may cause "major delays" and congestion for several hours.

Crews are en route, the provincial service said in a social media post. The incident took place around 1:30 p.m.

One lane is open on either side of the meridian separating the Surrey exit lanes and the Highway 1 through lanes.

It's unclear how long the roads will remain closed.

Other alternatives for Tri-City commuters could include taking the Pitt River Bridge to the Golden Ears Bridge and into Langley to get onto Highway 1 east for the time being, as well as the Pattulo Bridge to Highway 17 and east towards the 176 Street exit.

Traffic heading westbound over the Port Mann Bridge doesn't appear to be hindered by the collision.