A 44-year-old woman was killed in a head-on collision along the Haney Bypass on Halloween night.
Police responded to the crash in the 23000-block of the bypass, near Burnett Street, around 10 p.m. Saturday.
Witnesses saw an eastbound Honda Accord drifting from the curb to centre lane. It first hit a
Chevrolet SUV, then collided head-on into an Audi, police said.
The female driver of the Honda was trapped in her vehicle and unresponsive. Fire crews arrived and started CPR while working to extricate her using the ‘Jaws of Life.’
An air ambulance took her to Royal Columbian Hospital, but died from her injuries.
The female driver of the Audi was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The occupants of the SUV were treated at scene and were not taken to hospital.
The crash forced the closure of the Haney Bypass for an extended period of time. Cause of the crash remains under investigation by Ridge Meadows RCMP Traffic Services, who are being assisted by the Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services (ICARS).
• Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, and has not already spoken to police, is asked to contact Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604 463-6251.
Busy and loud Halloween night
It was a busy Halloween night for Ridge Meadows RCMP, as officers responded to a fatal collision on the Haney Bypass, which closed that route for seven hours, and responded to 95 calls for service from the public.
The calls came from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and included loud parties, public intoxication, a fight and numerous fireworks complaints, in both Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
The normal number of police calls for that period on a Saturday night would be between 50 and 70. Some years on Halloween, police have received more than 100 calls.
Police, firefighters and bylaws officers have the authority to issue fines of $200 for setting off fireworks without a permit, as part of a ban in both cities that has been in place since 2005. However, the explosive blasts could be heard across Maple Ridge on Halloween night.
The fine for selling fireworks in Maple Ridge is $1,000. Although many neighbouring communities have banned fireworks, they can still be purchased in the U.S. Burnaby and Vancouver have not banned fireworks.