Truck driver killed in accident on Coquihalla

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Following an accident which occurred on the afternoon of Monday, April 26, RCMP have confirmed that a semi-truck driver died in a crash on Highway 5.

The accident, which happened between Exit 315: Helmer and Exit 336: Walloper, near Surrey-Sussex Lake Rd. involved two commercial trucks in the northbound lane.

Although the investigation is in the preliminary stages, Cpl. Mike Halskov of BC RCMP Traffic Services said the incident was believed to have been caused by one truck rear ending another. The driver of the trailing truck was killed.

The driver, the sole occupant of the trailing truck, was a 64-year old man from Aldergrove. He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical officials.

The driver of the truck in front, a man in his 40s, was found relatively uninjured after being checked out by medical personnel at the scene.

The Coquihalla was closed for several hours following the accident, reopening around midnight on April 26.

The BC Coroners Service has launched an investigation into the accident and death. Due to the privacy of the deceased under the Coroner’s Act, his identity will not be released publicly.

Any witness or anyone with more information is asked to contact the Logan Lake RCMP at 250-523-6222.

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald