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Ministry promises new Heroes sign

Two pickup trucks locked together on Highway 1 Saturday and knocked down the Highway of Heroes sign near 248 Street. - Jared Webster/Photo posted on Twitter
Two pickup trucks locked together on Highway 1 Saturday and knocked down the Highway of Heroes sign near 248 Street.
— image credit: Jared Webster/Photo posted on Twitter

The Highway of Heroes sign that was demolished recently in a two-vehicle crash will be replaced, promised the new Minister of Transportation.

“We should have a new sign in place by Oct. 19,” said Mary Polak, Minister of Transportation. “It’s important to do.”

The Langley MLA got word of the sign’s demolition and put things in motion to have it rebuilt. She says it will cost around $10,000 to replace it.

Two pickup trucks were driving east along Highway 1, near the sign just before the 264 St. exit, when one of the vehicles changed lanes into the other vehicle, said RCMP Freeway Patrol.

The two vehicles locked together and slid off the road, smashing into the sign. There were no injuries, said RCMP.

The Trans-Canada Highway between Langley and Abbotsford was dedicated as the “Highway of Heroes” in June 2011 to honour 13 B.C. soldiers who died in Afghanistan.

The roll call of the fallen includes Master Cpl. Colin Bason, a 28-year-old reserve soldier from Aldergrove killed by the explosion of roadside bomb on July 4, 2007 and Pte. Garrett Chidley, a 21-year-old full-time soldier from Langley. He was killed on Dec. 30, 2010, after the light armoured vehicle he was driving struck an improvised explosive device.

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