Vehicle over cliff on Norrish Creek road

One man is dead after an accident just east of Mission

A 20-year-old Surrey man died Tuesday after his truck went over a 350-foot cliff off Norrish Creek forest service road.

Mission RCMP Sgt. Miriam Dickson said Justin Vandenburg was driving a truck as part of a work crew that was heading up the road, and “his workmates saw the truck go over the edge” after the back tire started to slip off the roadway.

Mission RCMP, Mission Search and Rescue, North Fraser Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance paramedics were called shortly after 7 a.m. for the accident. The steep terrain made access impossible without ropes, and the tree canopy was too dense for a longline rescue by helicopter.