Thursday, August 15, 2013
Motorcyclist dies after colliding with stopped vehicle
sirens chattered as they carved a path through the traffic up the
choked Trans Canada Highway to where the body of a 72-year-old man
lay under a white sheet. Witnesses huddled together amidst the
chaos, while police tried to sort out what happened.
At around 10 a.m.
on Tuesday, a rollover on the Annis Rd overpass caused highway
traffic to stop moving. A lone motorcyclist wasn't able to stop in
time and was killed after striking a pair of vehicles.
Some of the
vehicles caught up in the jam broke ranks and cut through a nearby
field connecting to Upper Prairie Rd.
I didn't have my
camera but managed to borrow a cel phone to get a photo. Later, the
person couldn't manage to retrieve the photos.
Below, is the
release issued by the RCMP Traffic Division courtesy of RCMP Cpl.
On August 13,
2013 officers of the Fraser Valley Traffic Services had responded to
and were investigating a single motor vehicle crash eastbound on
Highway #1, east of Chilliwack, British Columbia at the Annis Rd
overpass. A single vehicle had gone off road and subsequently
rolled. The two occupants, an adult male and female fled the scene
on foot. Investigators were searching for the two occupants.
As a result of this collision, eastbound traffic was stopped for a
considerable distance. Information was received at the collision
scene that another collision involving a motorcycle had occurred
eastbound on Hwy #1 approximately 2 kilometers west of the original
collision scene .
Officers of the Fraser Valley Traffic Services responded to the
second collision at approximately 10:25 am. This second collision
scene was located in the eastbound lanes of Highway #1 between Annis
overpass and Gibsons overpass.
A 2006 Suzuki motorcycle being operated by a 72 year old male from
Pitt Meadows had been traveling eastbound in the fast lane when it
came upon the slower moving and stopped traffic. The motorcyclist
applied the brakes on the motorcycle however was unable to control
the motorcycle and stop in time. The motorcyclist became disengaged
from the motorcycle and subsequently slid into the slow lane
striking a Ford Sport Utility vehicle which was stopped in traffic.
The lone occupant of that motorcycle unfortunately succumb to his
injuries at the scene while the two occupants of the Ford Utility
vehicle from Surrey were uninjured.
Primary investigation reveals that weather and road conditions do
not appear to have been contributing factors in this fatal collision
however, traffic conditions, speed, mechanical defects on the
motorcycle and driver inattention have not been ruled out.
The Fraser Valley Traffic Services, the Office of the Provincial
Coroner and the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction
Service Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are
continuing their investigations.
Should anyone have witnessed this collision and have not spoken to
the police, they are asked to contact Constable Peter Ostrom at the
Fraser Valley Traffic Services Office at 604-702-4039.
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