Fatal crash on the Coquihalla Highway

The accident near Great Bear snowshed on Sept. 3 killed a 25-year-old man from the Chilliwack area

A 25-year-old man from the Chilliwack area died in a crash on the Coquihalla Highway Monday morning.

A 25-year-old man from the Chilliwack area was killed in a crash on the Coquihalla Highway Monday morning.

Police said the accident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. when the man lost control of his 1992 Acura Integra while crossing over a large gravel pullout just west of the Great Bear snowshed. He died instantly upon impact before the car burst into flames.

“It appears the vehicle launched into a large bush area and came to rest against a tree leading to a steep slope,” said Sgt. Peter Thiessen. “Two individuals traveling through the area tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the flames. The road, weather and visibility conditions were excellent at the time of the crash. It is believed that excessive speed played a factor in this crash.”

Fraser Valley Traffic Services, Hope Fire Department, BC Forestry Service, BC Coroner Service and Hope Search and Rescue responded to the crash.

The name of the Chilliwack area man has not been released as next of kin has yet to be notified.

Any witnesses who may have information regarding this crash are asked to contact Const. Stancumbe of the Fraser Valley Traffic Services at 604-702-4039.