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UPDATE: Fatal e-bike crash crash on Highway 1 in Kamloops

September 21, 2021 - 2:23 PM

An e-bike rider is dead after a crash on the Trans-Canada Highway in Kamloops early this morning.

Police were called to Highway 1 in the Dallas neighbourhood at approximately 5:45 a.m. today, Sept. 21, after the cyclist was found near the highway.

“Police were alerted to the incident after two motorists travelling in the westbound lane of the highway noticed a blinking light ahead,” Const. Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson, said in a press release. “The motorists pulled over to investigate and discovered a deceased man near an e-bike with a flashing light.”

The westbound lanes were closed until 10 a.m. today as RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service investigated, and traffic was rerouted across the South Thompson River at Lafarge Road and use Shuswap Road.

Police have not released the victim's identity, but describe him as having long black hair. He was wearing a black jacket and dark blue pants.

“At that time of the morning, it was still quite dark. If anyone thinks they saw the man or the flashing light on his e-bike; was driving in the area prior to that time, or has information which could help with the investigation in anyway, please let us know,” Const. Evelyn said.

The man was found across from the Pineridge Golf Course and police are now looking to speak to any witnesses who saw the man biking along the highway.

They are also looking for any witnesses who stopped to help or anyone with dash cam footage before police arrived on scene.

Anyone who was travelling in the area prior to the incident, or has information which may assist in the investigation, is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2021-33187.

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