UPDATE: 'Flying' car claims a life in Langley on Canada Day

UPDATE: ‘Flying’ car claims a life in Langley on Canada Day

VIDEO: Emergency crews were on the scene of two serious crashes for several hours

Roxanne Hooper and Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times

The motorcyclist was transported to hospital in serious condition, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The road was blocked off to traffic for several hours.

On Tuesday, the investigation was taken over by the Independent Investigation Office (IIO), the agency that conducts criminal investigations into police-related incidents involving death or serious harm.

No further details were disclosed and all media queries were directed to RCMP’s E-Division headquarters.

Langley Advance Times has reached out to E- Division and IIO.

A second, unrelated crash, happened less than 20 minutes later.

It occurred further north in Langley, in the rural neighbourhood of Glen Valley, resulting in the death of one man.

It occurred about 2:45 p.m. near the intersection of River and Armstrong Roads – just east of Fort Langley.

Langley RCMP reported a Honda Civic was heading east on River Road near Armstrong Road around 2:45 p.m. when it went off-road, then came back out of the ditch and crashed.

Witnesses reported seeing the car “fly” out of the ditch and through the air.

When it came to rest, some people ran over to administer aid, but found the vehicle empty.

A deceased man, believed to be the driver, was found under the vehicle.

The other occupant was found in the ditch and taken in an advanced life support ambulance to Royal Columbian Hospital in serious condition.

He was interviewed by police in hospital later that afternoon.

Both the passenger, 36, and driver, 38, were from Langley, said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Largy.

Investigators believe “speed and alcohol were factors” in the crash, she added.

Roads through the rural area were closed most of the day while accident investigators examined the scene.

Police are hoping any other witnesses – who have not already been interviewed on scene – will contact the Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.

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