Mike Lantz posted this image of the damaged 192 Street overpass on Tuesday, July 12. (Twitter)

Mike Lantz posted this image of the damaged 192 Street overpass on Tuesday, July 12. (Twitter)

Two injured when truck and excavator smash into Highway 1 overpass

Traffic backed up through Surrey and Langley

Two people were hurt when a flatbed truck towing an excavator damaged the 192nd Street overpass above Highway 1, backing up traffic through Langley and Surrey on Tuesday, July 12.

It happened around 8 a.m.

BC Emergency Health Services reported receiving a call at 8:08am about a motor vehicle incident on Highway 1 and 192street.

“Two paramedic ground units responded and transported two patients to hospital,” a BCEHS release said.

It did not say how serious the injuries were.

Drive BC was reporting a “vehicle incident” westbound at 192nd St. has multiple lanes blocked.

Images posted to social media showed an overpass girder was damaged in the crash.

Photos taken at the scene showed an damaged excavator on its side, next to an SUV with a crumpled-up front end and smashed-in windshield. A pickup truck also appeared to have been damaged.

All but the HOV lane was blocked, and drivers are being told to “expect major delays.”

By early afternoon, an additional lane had opened.

Just a few weeks earlier, a similar collision caused an estimated $1 million damage to the 232nd Street overpass in Aldergrove.

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Dave Earle, president and CEO of the Langley-based B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) told the Langley Advance Times the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure must be more transparent when it investigates such crashes, and release the results of those investigations, in order to make sure they don’t happen again.

Instead, Earle said, the ministry cites privacy and legal reasons, rather than disclose their findings.

“Two people got hurt today,” Earle commented.

“We’ve got to do better, and to do better, we need to know what happened.”

BCTA members operate about 16,000 vehicles, and employ over 26,000 people.

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