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Bateman Secondary student dies in crash

BC Coroner Service, Abbotsford Police and Abbotsford Fire Rescue  Service investigate an early morning accident today (Tuesday) that claimed the life of a 17-year old male.  - John Van Putten
BC Coroner Service, Abbotsford Police and Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service investigate an early morning accident today (Tuesday) that claimed the life of a 17-year old male.
— image credit: John Van Putten

A 17-year-old from Robert Bateman Secondary died when his car was struck head-on by a truck on Old Yale Road this morning.

"Collisions that result in deaths are always very tragic, particularly when they involve a victim as young as this," said Const. Casey Vinet.

"It's another tragic reminder how vulnerable we all are when we set foot in a vehicle and how quickly lives can be changed forever."

The young man was driving west in the 34400 block of Old Yale Road just after 7 a.m. when a white pickup in the oncoming lane lost control, crossed the centre line, and slammed into the driver's side of the teen's black Volkswagen Golf.

The 17-year-old driver died on scene. Police are not releasing his name.

The impact of the collision crushed the driver's side of the Golf, and wreckage from the crash – yellow plastic buckets, tools, hard hats and car parts – littered the Old Yale overpass.

The three men in the pickup, with a K4 Contracting Ltd. logo on its doors, were headed to work when the accident occurred.

The trio, aged 16, 25, and mid-30s, were taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is unknown but slippery road conditions appear to have played a part in the collision, said police.

"It's crucial to be aware of not only our surroundings, but also the road conditions and time of year. It's far too easy to become complacent," said Vinet.

"We're getting into the winter driving season and frost, black ice and slippery conditions are to be expected."

Investigators will also look into whether speed was a factor in the crash, said Vinet.

Roads approaching the crash scene were shut down for hours while police collision analysts investigated.

The Old Yale overpass bridge was blocked until 4:30 p.m., when only the eastbound lane was opened.

The young student's death 19th collision fatality this year within Abbotsford, not including the three local farmworkers killed when their overloaded van rolled over on Highway One in March.

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