‘Highway of Heroes’ sign demolished

A sign that was put up to honour those who gave their lives in Afghanistan was demolished as the result of a traffic crash.

A two-vehicle crash in the 25100 block of Highway 1 demolished the Highway of Heroes sign on Sunday afternoon.

Around 11:30 a.m., two pickup trucks were driving east along Highway 1, when one of the vehicles changed lanes into the other vehicle, said RCMP Freeway Patrol.

The two vehicles locked together and slid off the road, smashing into the sign. There were no injuries, said RCMP.

The Trans-Canada Highway between Langley and Abbotsford was dedicated as the “Highway of Heroes” in June 2011 to honour 13 B.C. soldiers who died in Afghanistan.

The roll call of the fallen includes Master Cpl. Colin Bason, a 28-year-old reserve soldier from Aldergrove killed by the explosion of roadside bomb on July 4, 2007 and Pte. Garrett Chidley, a 21-year-old full-time soldier from Langley. He was killed on Dec. 30, 2010, after the light armoured vehicle he was driving struck an improvised explosive device.

It isn’t known yet whether the Ministry of Transportation will replace the sign.