Two dead after head-on crash with gravel truck on 16 Avenue

Two people are dead after a head-on collision between a Jeep Cherokee and a gravel truck on 16 Avenue on Thursday afternoon.  The two killed were inside the Jeep.

The head-on collision occurred just after 12:30 p.m., said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks. The initial investigation indicates the driver of the Jeep tried to pass another vehicle across a double solid line heading west, crossing into the path of an eastbound gravel truck between 200 and 208 Street.

That section of 16 Avenue will be closed for at least five hours as police investigate, said Marks. Police are hoping to locate and speak to a driver of a smaller green car, possibly a Toyota Corolla. That driver was westbound on 16 Avenue at the time of the crash.

Langley RCMP traffic service are on scene as is the Integrated Collision Analysts.

Langley RCMP Victims Services is also on scene to support witnesses and the driver of the gravel truck.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries in the crash.

For the past few months, numerous residents of 16 Avenue and surrounding areas have been calling for safety measures for the dangerous stretch of road that is the main route for all gravel trucks coming from Abbotsford into Langley and Surrey.

Residents have been calling for more speed enforcement for the gravel trucks and for the Township to create better safety measures, such as roundabouts, at key intersections.

Police said the lack of shoulders on 16 Avenue make it too dangerous for them to pull anyone over if were to operate a speed trap along the route.

There have been numerous dump truck rollovers along 16th in the past couple months.

The issue of 16 Avenue is on Township council's agenda for Monday, Sept. 17.

Councillor Charlie Fox has made a motion asking that traffic calming options be considered for the busy route. He believes the opening of the new Port Mann Bridge will drive even more gravel trucks onto 16 Avenue.

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