Two pedestrians were struck along Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge on Friday.

Two pedestrians were struck along Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge on Friday.

Early morning crash along Lougheed Highway puts two in hospital

Police encourage pedestrians to use intersections that have traffic lights.

Two pedestrians are in hospital after being hit by a westbound van on Lougheed Highway during rush-hour Friday morning.

Ridge Meadows RCMP say the pedestrians were not using a crosswalk at the time of the collision, near 216th Street at about 7 a.m.

“Police are frustrated with the number of collisions involving pedestrians trying to outrun the traffic on Lougheed Highway,” Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said.

Such accidents are preventable, she added.

Instead, people have to use the intersections that have traffic lights.

The collision involved two males in their late teens or early 20s. One of the victims is in serious condition.

The driver of the van remained at the scene. Speed, alcohol or distracted driving are not being considered as part of the investigation.

Police are reminding motorists that students head back to school next week. People should always walk facing traffic and stay on sidewalks wherever possible and only cross roads where there are marked crosswalks or safe intersections.

Last April, 38-year-old man from Merritt was killed at 217th Street and Lougheed Highway when he was trying to cross between intersections.

On Oct. 13, 2014, a 52-year-old man was hit and killed by an eastbound vehicle near 204th Street. The victim was pushing a shopping cart across the highway and was not in a crosswalk. The weather was rainy and it was dark at the time of the incident.

In June 2013, a 17-year-old was hit by an eastbound RCMP cruiser around 12:30 a.m., while crossing Lougheed Highway, just east of 216th Street. He was seriously injured in the crash. The police car did not have its lights and sirens activated at the time of the accident.

In April 2012, a 14-year-old boy was hit while walking across Lougheed Highway, near 210th Street, when he was struck by an eastbound pickup truck.

In 2010, two pedestrians were killed in two separate accidents on the same stretch.