04/12/2013 12:27 EDT | Updated 06/12/2013 05:12 EDT

Massive boulders tumble across Yellowhead Highway, cutting traffic for hours

BLUE RIVER, B.C. - Traffic slowly beginning to move past a rock slide that severed a major highway in southeastern B.C., last Thursday.

One Edmonton-based trucker says boulders as big as pickup trucks tumbled across Highway 5, the Yellowhead Highway, about 13 kilometres south of Blue River.

The route is a major link between southcentral British Columbia and Alberta.

Travellers were stalled on both sides of the slide, about 200 kilometres northeast of Kamloops, overnight but a geo-technical engineer assessed the rock face early Friday morning.

Single-lane, alternating traffic began moving shortly afterward. (CHNL)