Excessive speed factor in crash in Langley on Monday

Fraser Highway westbound at 216 Street is currently closed and 22-year-old man sent to hospital. Crash caused power outages.

Langley resident Roz Kromhoff took this photo westbound on Fraser Highway at Langley Memorial Hospital where traffic has come to a halt and drivers have shut off their vehicle motors.

A 22-year-old Langley man was taken to hospital after he crashed his car into a power pole and median, closing Fraser Highway westbound at 216 Street on Monday morning.

Initial investigation by police reveal that around 11:15 a.m., the man was driving at what they suspect was an excessive rate of speed westbound down Hospital Hill on Fraser Highway near 216 Street, when he lost control of his vehicle.

His vehicle first hit the median then bounced into a power pole, causing major damage and a power outage that stretched throughout Murrayville and down into Langley City on Fraser Highway.

Initial reports from police indicate the driver wasn’t seriously injured in the crash and was taken to Langley Memorial Hospital. Fortunately, an off-duty paramedic happened upon the collision almost immediately and provided first aid to the driver.

Police expect to provide an update on the driver’s condition.

The power was restored to some residents and businesses soon after the crash, but Fraser Highway westbound remained closed Monday afternoon. Langley RCMP were recommending motorists avoid the area.

There was clean up to do from the crash scene, and BC Hydro is working on replacing the pole. Anyone who witnessed the crash and hasn’t spoken to police is asked to call 604-532-3200.

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