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Driver killed in Highway 5A logging truck crash

South Okanagan Traffic Services report the driver of an empty logging truck died yesterday, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, after the truck he was driving left Highway 5A between Princeton and Merritt and crashed down an embankment.
January 27, 2016 - 10:03 AM

PRINCETON - A Lower Mainland man is dead following a logging truck crash on Highway 5A yesterday.

An unloaded logging truck heading southbound on Highway 5A  was mid-way between Princeton and Merritt when it went off the road at approximately 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, South Okanagan Traffic Services spokesperson Sgt. Harold Hallett says in a release.

The truck went down a steep embankment and the cab was crushed after striking trees.

The lone occupant, a 22-year-old man from the Lower Mainland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speed and icy road conditions are believed to have factored in the crash.

Despite milder air temperatures this week, winter conditions are still a factor on area roads. The air temperature at the crash scene was at freezing, with road surface temperatures five degrees below freezing.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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