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Originally published Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

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Peace Arch border crossing partially reopens after shooting

The Peace Arch border crossing has reopened to southbound traffic from Canada into the U.S. Northbound lanes are expected to open Thursday morning.

The Seattle Times

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The Peace Arch border crossing at Blaine has reopened to southbound traffic for drivers heading from Canada into the United States. Northbound lanes, for travelers headed into Canada, are expected to reopen Thursday at 8 a.m.

The border crossing was closed following the wounding of a Canadian border guard Tuesday by a northbound motorist at the border station between Washington state and British Columbia.

U.S. authorities reopened their portion of the border crossing, screening southbound traffic, at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Until Canada reopens its Peace Arch border station, northbound drivers headed to B.C. can use the border crossing on State Route 543, also known as the Pacific Highway crossing, about a half-mile east of the Peace Arch. Drivers also can use border crossings farther east at SR 539 (at the Washington town of Lynden) and SR 9 (at the Washington town of Sumas).

The injured Canadian border guard, Lori Bowcock, was in stable condition Wednesday, reported The Associated Press, while the motorist, who was driving a van with Washington license plates, fatally shot himself at the scene.

Travelers can check for updates on the reopening of the Peace Arch border through the Washington State Department of Transportation, www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts.

and the B.C. government website, www.th.gov.bc.ca/ATIS/.

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