Eight people are in hospital, after a massive tree fell into the Sea to Sky highway, causing chaos on the roads.
Southbound traffic on highway 99 has now reopened, while northbound traffic remains single lane at HorseShoe Bay Road.
Witness Ziv Schierau says he was driving home to Port Moody from a Whistler ski vacation when he was stopped on Highway 99 near HorseShoe Bay around 6pm.
“It was a fallen tree from up above the highway that literally slid on its side all of the way down, onto the highway, through the barricade, crashing through concrete.”
Eight people were taken to hospital in stable condition, but he says a pet wasn’t so lucky.
“Unfortunately there were two dogs that were not as fortunate. One of them had actually run down the highway and was hit by a car.”
It’s believed drivers slammed on their breaks in an effort to avoid the tree, causing a pile up.
The highway was shut down for several hours.
#wvpdpatrol UPDATE: Hwy 99 north of Horseshoe Bay is expected to be closed for at least an hour. Please avoid the area if at all possible.
— West Vancouver PD (@WestVanPolice) December 17, 2015