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UPDATE: Fatal crash closes eastbound lanes of Highway 1
Heavy fog was a contributing factor in a fatal crash on Highway 1 in Langley overnight, and the eastbound lanes of the highway remain closed between 232 and 264 Streets.
The RCMP Port Mann Freeway Patrol report that the crash took place about 3:50 a.m. Initial investigation indicates an SUV-type vehicle travelling eastbound along Highway 1 collided with the rear of a construction vehicle that was parked on one of the lanes of the highway. The SUV burst into flames and the driver, who was the lone occupant, sustained fatal injuries. The identity of the driver has not been released.
The construction vehicle was parked on the highway in the fast lane with all emergency equipment in operation. The two-man crew who were using the construction vehicle had just exited the vehicle and did not sustain any physical injuries. Roadwork along that portion of Highway 1 has been underway for months, as the freeway is being widened from two to three eastbound lanes.
Contributing factors to the crash appear to be speed relative to road and weather conditions, as there was dense, heavy fog in the area of the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash and has not spoken to the RCMP is asked to call the Port Mann Freeway Patrol at 604-526-9744
Highway 1 was expected to remain closed until approximately 11 a.m., police said. The highway did reopen before 12 p.m., but traffic was still moving slowly.
Other crashes due to the thick fog hampered traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 1 Tuesday morning, and traffic was also heavy on Fraser Highway, particularly eastbound, as people sought alternate routes.