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UPDATED: Victim of fatal Highway 1 crash named by police
RCMP have released the name of the man killed in the crash early yesterday morning on Highway 1 near 264 Street.
The victim is Abbotsford resident Mandeep Singh Aujla, 30.
RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen said the initial investigation indicates that Aujla was driving an SUV east on Highway 1 when he crashed into the back of a construction vehicle that was parked on the travel portion of the highway just west of 264 Street. The SUV burst into flames, killing Aujla – the lone occupant of the vehicle.
Thiessen said the construction vehicle was parked on the highway in the fast lane, with all emergency equipment activated. The two-man crew had just exited the vehicle, and neither person was injured.
"Contributing factors appear to be speed relative to road and weather conditions consisting of dense, heavy fog in the area of the collision," Thiessen said.
The collision took place at about 3:50 a.m.
Highway 1 eastbound between 232 and 264 streets was closed for several hours, into the early afternoon, while police investigated the crash.
Anyone who might have witnessed the crash and has not yet spoken to police is asked to call the Port Mann Freeway Patrol at 604-526-9744.