Crash closes part of Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge

Part of the car had to be cut in order to extract occupants.

  • Jun. 25, 2016 2:00 p.m.

Ridge Meadows RCMP are crediting the concrete barricade on Lougheed Highway with saving lives on Saturday morning.

Police said that at about 8:15 a.m., a westbound Hyundai car was in collision with a dump-truck at the corner of Lougheed and 105th Avenue.

The crash resulted in the dump truck getting flipped onto its side, while the car continued westbound, striking the centre road barriers, police said.

“The barriers did their job and kept the Hyundai on the westbound side of the road,” Sgt. Bruce McGowan said.

“This prevented the car from crossing over into oncoming traffic, which could have resulted in a second crash that may have caused serious, life-threatening injuries or fatalities. As it turned out, the driver of the Hyundai suffered a few cuts and scrapes, and the truck driver was uninjured.”

The driver of the dump truck faces a Motor Vehicle Act charge.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will be installing the concrete barriers on the remaining four-lane section of Lougheed Highway, east of 240th Street this summer.

 

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