Two Abbotsford men involved in truck crash near Hope
One man is dead and two others are in hospital with serious injuries following a crash Monday night involving three semi-trailers. Police say the loaded commercial trucks collided on Highway 1 near Hope around 9:15 p.m., when a southbound 2001 Peterbilt Super B carrying lumber failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the double-solid centre line and struck a northbound semi head-on. The Peterbilt was driven by a 30-year-old Abbotsford man. The second semi, a 2001 Volvo tractor which was delivering food, was driven by a 55-year-old Surrey man. The trucks came to rest, blocking the entire roadway. The Volvo was then struck broadside by the third semi, a 2003 Peterbilt, which was also headed south with a load of lumber. The drivers of the first two trucks were taken to Canyon Hospital in Hope with serious injuries. The third semi driver, a 43-year-old Abbotsford man, was not injured. The Surrey man's co-driver, a 50-year-old Calgary man, died at the scene. His name has not been released. Police believe heavy snowfall and slippery road conditions may have been factors in the crash; however, all three trucks will undergo mechanical inspections. Anyone who witnessed the crash but did not speak with police at the scene is asked to contact Const. Steve Small at 604-702-4039.