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Fatal dump-truck crash shuts down westbound Highway 1 traffic

A fatal crash involving a dump truck and trailer on Highway 1 has closed down traffic between 264 Street in Aldergrove and Mt. Lehman Road in Abbotsford.  - Mark MacDonald
A fatal crash involving a dump truck and trailer on Highway 1 has closed down traffic between 264 Street in Aldergrove and Mt. Lehman Road in Abbotsford.
— image credit: Mark MacDonald

Traffic was closed for several hours along Highway 1 westbound between Mt. Lehman Road and 264 Street, following a fatal single-vehicle crash on Wednesday morning.

The crash occurred at about 9 a.m. just east of the 264 Street off-ramp and involved a dump truck with a trailer.

"We're still not sure exactly what the cause of the accident is. It looks towards mechanical, but we won't know for several hours yet if we can confirm that it was a mechanical failure,"said RCMP Cpl. Robert McDonald at the scene.

Some Facebook posts from family and friends of the driver identified him as "Malhi" and said he was 24 years old. They stated that the crash resulted when one of the truck's tires blew, causing the vehicle to flip.

While investigators were on the scene, traffic was diverted at the Mt. Lehman Road exit, until the freeway re-opened at about 6 p.m.

The highway closure snarled commuters' drive home throughout the region Wednesday night.

There was stop-and-go traffic along the Fraser Highway heading westbound until approximately 6:30 p.m. Drivers experienced similar conditions along Lougheed Highway through Mission.

Vehicles travel up the westbound on ramp of Highway 1 at McCallum Road around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Greg Laychuk photo.

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