Man killed in Coquihalla Highway collision

Police say a total of about eight cars and three motorcycles were involved

A 57-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a multi-vehicle accident inside the Great Bear snowshed on Highway 5 over the weekend.

Fraser Valley Traffic Services, BC Ambulance Service and the Integrated Collision Analyst Reconstructionist Section responded to the collision at about 4:25 p.m. on Saturday.

According to police, two cars collided with each other inside the tunnel, sparking a series of chain reaction collisions as a result. The motorcyclist was unable to stop safely and collided into the back of a stopped vehicle. Emergency personnel on scene, along with passers by, tried to resuscitate the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A total of about eight cars and three motorcycles were involved in the collision and several of the drivers and occupants suffered significant injuries. The Coquihalla Highway was shut down for hours as result of the accident.