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Update: Driver suffers minor injures from Port Coquitlam collision that closed the Mary Hill Bypass

A motor vehicle incident at the Kingsway Avenue intersection altered traffic and caused lots of congestion this morning (May 31).

1:30 p.m.

One person endured minor injuries from a crash in Port Coquitlam this morning (May 31) that caused heavy congestion for morning commutes.

Coquitlam RCMP confirms to the Tri-City News a single-vehicle collision took place after 7 a.m. today on the Mary Hill Bypass (7B) at Kingsway Avenue, which knocked down a traffic light and completely closed westbound traffic for several hours.

There's "no obvious cause for the collision" as of this publication, spokesperson Cpl. Paige Kuz explains.

The roads reopened between 10:30 and 11 a.m. after crews cleared the area.

However, Highway 7B was closed between Coast Meridian Road and the Pitt River Bridge off-ramp, causing major delays and congestion for those commuting to the Tri-Cities.

Traffic was once as far back as the Golden Ears Bridge in Pitt Meadows, and eastbound lanes from Kingsway to the Pitt River Bridge was also partially blocked.

11:15 a.m.

The Mary Hill Bypass (7B) is now fully open in all directions in Port Coquitlam.

DriveBC says a motor vehicle incident has been cleared after crews tended to a traffic light that was knocked down after 7 a.m. (May 31) at Highway 7B's intersection with Kingsway Avenue.

It's still not clear if anyone was injured from the collision. 

The accident caused all lanes of westbound traffic to close between Coast Meridian Road and the off-ramp of the Pitt River Bridge coming into PoCo.

That caused heavy congestion as far back as the Golden Ears Bridge off ramp in Pitt Meadows as drivers tried to commute to the Tri-Cities.

9 a.m.

Westbound traffic is closed along the Mary Hill Bypass (7B) at the Port Coquitlam side and there's no estimated time of reopening.

DriveBC reported a motor vehicle incident after 7 a.m. this morning at Kingsway Avenue and Highway 7B, but it's unclear if anyone was injured.

A vehicle appeared to have knocked down a traffic light at the intersection, blocking the westbound lanes completely, and closing other nearby roads for the time-being.

Crews are on scene and an assessment is in progress. DriveBC advises commuters to avoid the area as major delays are expected.

The provincial service is likely to update every hour until the incident clears.

Highway 7B is officially closed for westbound traffic between Coast Meridian Road to the off-ramp from the Pitt River Bridge as a result of the collision.

This is causing heavy congestion on Lougheed Highway heading into Port Coquitlam as vehicles appear to be backed up all the way to the Golden Ears Bridge overpass in Pitt Meadows.

Eastbound traffic is also appears to be closed between Kingsway Avenue and the Highway 7 on-ramp to Pitt Meadows.