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One dead following commercial truck crash on Coquihalla


An Aldergrove man was killed in a crash between two commercial trucks on the Coquihalla Highway between Kamloops and Merritt last night.

The accident involved two commercial tractor trailer units near Surry-Sussex Lake Road. One of the drivers, a 64-year-old Aldergrove man, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to an RCMP media release.

Logan Lake RCMP responded to the scene just before 6 p.m. yesterday, April 26, to find the two semis with extensive damage. An air ambulance also responded to the accident.

The second driver, a man in his 40s, was "relatively uninjured," police say, and was medically assessed on the scene.

“Preliminary findings indicate that both transport trucks were travelling in the eastbound lanes of Highway 5, when one commercial vehicle rear-ended the other,” southeast district RCMP spokesperson, Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey, said in the release.

RCMP, B.C. Coroners Service and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement all attended the site, police say, where a crash analysis was done.

At the time of the crash, visibility was clear, the road was dry and the temperature was around 11 C.

BC Coroners Service has begun its own investigation into the man's death, but his identity will not be released to the public.

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 can call the Logan Lake RCMP at 250-523-6222.

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