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Icy roads to blame for fatal crash in Langley

Icy road conditions are likely to blame for the death of a 61-year-old Langley man, after his pickup truck flipped just two blocks from his home on Tuesday morning.

Langley RCMP said the driver could not survive his injuries, after his vehicle slid off the road and flipped.

The call came into police shortly before 6 a.m.

The preliminary investigation suggests the driver was northbound in the 1800 block of 240 Street when his vehicle slid left off the road, flipping on to the passenger side of his pickup truck.

The road was extremely slippery and the officers on scene said it was difficult to even stand on the roadway, said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks.  Additionally, the driver was not wearing his seat belt. Due to the proximity of his residence, it is highly unlikely speed was a factor, said police.

The 61-year-old man was taken to hospital, but didn't survive his injuries, Marks said on Tuesday morning. Police continue to look into whether or not he suffered a medical emergency just prior to the crash.

Police closed that area of 240 Street, while police competed their investigation.

Black ice and extremely icy conditions were reported all over Langley, with many vehicles slipping off the road, some into ditches. Police were busy all morning dealing with many collisions, said Marks. At least nine crashes happened in Langley before 7:30 a.m. — all because of ice. Fraser Highway was actually the iciest, causing the most problems, said Marks.

Black ice and icy road conditions caused more than 50 crashes between Surrey and Abbotsford, reported the Lower Mainland RCMP.

If you witnessed the fatal collision and have not yet spoken to police, please call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.

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