Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Highway Tragedy

Motorcyclist dies after colliding with stopped vehicle



mbulance 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. Len vanNieuwenhuizen;

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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