Prince George man killed in crash near Bear Lake

A Prince George man is dead and another injured following a two-vehicle crash near Bear Lake yesterday.

The accident occurred at approximately 5:20 p.m. at the 700 Road, just south of Bear Lake.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene to find a collision between a commercial tractor/trailer unit and a commercial service truck.

Each of the vehicles only had one occupant.  The driver of the service vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash, while the driver of the tractor/trailer unit was transported to the University Hospital of Northern BC, where he has been admitted and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The collision occurred when the commercial service truck, travelling westbound on the 700 Road, entered Highway 97 into the path of the northbound commercial tractor/trailer unit.

The northbound semi collided with the left side of the service truck in a perpendicular collision.  The commercial tractor/trailer unit was loaded with empty metal storage containers.

The investigation, to date, has provided no evidence to support alcohol or drugs as a factor in this collision.  Road and weather conditions are not believed to be a factor in this crash, but are being considered in the investigation.

Highway 97 was closed for a few hours, while investigators responded to the scene and secured the evidence.  A detour around the immediate collision scene was then established to accommodate passing traffic.   As of 1:30 a.m., recovery personnel were attempting to remove the two commercial units from the scene.

The BC Coroners Service and Work Safe BC are now working with the Prince George Regional Provincial Traffic Services unit, to determine the causal factors in this crash.  This investigation is in its infancy, with a number of investigative considerations for follow-up action.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or may have any information for the police in this investigation are asked to call the Prince George Regional Provincial Traffic Services Unit at Tel# (250) 649-4004.


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