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UPDATE: No injuries reported from Port Coquitlam vehicle fire, but major delays still expected as Mary Hill Bypass reopens

Commuters are still asked to avoid Highway 7b, if possible, as an incident involving an apparent dump truck temporarily closed the stretch between Pitt River Road and Shaughnessy Street.

2:20 p.m.

Coquitlam RCMP tells Tri-City News there are no injuries to report as of this publication following a vehicle fire that's now partially closed the Mary Hill Bypass in Port Coquitlam today (July 7).

DriveBC is also reporting the stretch between Pitt River Road and Shaughnessy Street is now open to vehicle traffic in both directions, but the eastbound left lane remains closed.

However, it adds major delays and congestion should still be expected as commerical vehicle inspection crews investigate the cause of the incident and Port Coquitlam Fire Rescue extinguishes any leftover hot spots.

The road closure lasted for nearly two hours.


A vehicle fire is causing traffic delays in Port Coquitlam this afternoon (July 7).

DriveBC says the Mary Hill Bypass — also known as Highway 7b — is closed in both directions between Pitt River Road and Shaughnessy Street after a dump truck went up in flames.

As if this publication, it's unknown what caused the fire or if anyone was injured.

A detour is available away from the 2.2-kilometre stretch, the provincial agency notes after the first alert came in before 1 p.m.

The eastbound lanes are completely closed at Shaughnessy Street as that's where the incident took place.

Witnesses are stating some bushes have also caught fire resulting from the incident and Port Coqutilam Fire Rescue appears to be on scene.

The city of Port Coquitlam is asking residents and commuters to avoid the area and consider alternate routes as crews respond to the incident.

Editor's Note: In this reporter's tweet of the Mary Hill Bypass incident, the name of whom the video is credited to was misspelled by way of auto-correct. The reporter regrets the error.