RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision between two commercial transport vehicles that claimed the life of a man Monday evening.
On April 26, just before 6 p.m., Logan Lake RCMP responded to a collision involving two semi-tractor trailer units on Highway 5 in the area of Surrey Sussex Lake Road. Emergency crews arrived on scene to find two commercial transport vehicles with extensive damage. A BC Emergency Health Services air ambulance helicopter also responded to the call.
“Preliminary findings indicate that both transport trucks were travelling in the eastbound lanes of Highway 5, when one commercial vehicle rear-ended the other,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District. “The driver and sole occupant of the rear transport truck, a 64-year-old Aldergrove man, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by emergency medical officials at the scene.”
The second driver, a man in his 40s, was medically assessed at the scene by BC Emergency Health Services. He was relatively uninjured.
The BC Coroners Service has been notified and has also launched an independent and concurrent fact-finding investigation into the man’s sudden death. Due to the privacy of the deceased under the Coroner’s Act, his identity will not be released publicly by either agency.
RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement all attended the crash site. A RCMP collision analyst with the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) also attended to fully examine the crash scene. Police confirm that at the time of the crash the skies and visibility was clear, the highway was bare and dry and the outside temperature was approximately 11 degrees Celsius.
If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police, or you have dash camera footage that may aid in the ongoing police and coroner investigations, you are asked to call the Logan Lake RCMP at 250-523-6222.