Aldergove man dies in Coquihalla Highway collision

The fatal crash occurred between Kamloops and Merritt when one semi-tractor trailer unit rear-ended another.

The investigation continues into a fatal accident on the Coquihalla Highway on Monday afternoon (April 26).

At just before 6 p.m., Logan Lake RCMP responded to a collision involving two semi-tractor trailer units on on the highway, in the area of Surrey Sussex Lake Road between Kamloops and Merritt.

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RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said emergency crews arrived on scene to find two commercial transport vehicles with extensive damage. An 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,” O’Donaghey said.

“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 driver of the truck that was hit from behind, a man in his 40s, was treated at the scene by paramedics, O’Donaghey said, and was relatively uninjured.

At the time of the crash, the skies were clear, visibility was good, the highway was bare and dry and the temperature was approximately 11 C.

O’Donaghey said that, due to the privacy of the deceased under the Coroner’s Act, his identity will not be released publicly by either agency.

Witnesses to the crash who have not yet spoken to police and those who have dash-camera footage that may help the investigation is asked to call the Logan Lake RCMP at 250-523-6222.

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