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Senior dies in Highway 1 crash after car veers into oncoming traffic

January 07, 2020 - 8:36 AM

A northern B.C. man died Jan. 6 when his car crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a tanker truck.

Police and emergency services responded Jan. 6 at approximately 2:40 p.m. to the collision on Highway 1, approximately five kilometres north of Hope, near American Creek.

At that time, it snowing and the roads were slushy.

"Upon arrival, it was determined that a northbound vehicle driven by a man in his 70s from northern B.C. crossed into the southbound lanes where it collided with a southbound tanker truck carrying diesel fuel," Cpl. Mike Halskov of BC RCMP Traffic Services, said in a press release.

The driver of the car died at the scene. The driver of the tanker truck was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The RCMP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement officers attended the scene to investigate the cause of the crash.

A HAZMAT team was called in to assist with recovery of the diesel fuel from the tanker truck and clean up of the scene. There were no reports of any fuel spillage from the tanker into the surrounding environment.

"The highway was closed for over 12 hours while crews worked to recover fuel from the tanker and gather evidence at the scene," Cpl.  Halskov said.

"At this time, impairment does not appear to be a contributing factor."

Police remind motorists to exercise caution when driving in inclement weather, ensure your vehicle is equipped with winter tread and drive according to road and weather conditions which may mean driving below posted speed limits.

Fraser Valley Traffic Services (FVTS) is continuing to investigate this collision. Anyone with information about this crash that has yet to speak with police is asked to call FVTS in Chilliwack at 604-702-4039.

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