Trio of crashes snarls Sunday traffic

Man volunteers to direct traffic following crash on Golden Ears Way

  • Sep. 12, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Three car crashes in a span of 15 minutes snarled traffic in Maple Ridge on Sunday evening.

The first crash between two cars at 5:15 p.m. on 203 Street at Golden Ears Way sent three people to hospital.

While police and paramedics were dealing with the first call, a second crash happened on Harris Road at 122nd Avenue in Pitt Meadows.

The third crash involved a truck towing a boat and a SUV and took place at 5:30 p.m. on Lougheed Highway at the entrance ramp to Golden Ears Way.

It took more than a hour for police to clear the roads.

Police said no one sustained life-threatening injuries, but the three incidents tied up ambulances and the Air Ambulance was also called in to transport a person to hospital.

Ridge Meadows RCMP want to acknowledge and thank the man who volunteered more than an hour of his time to help control traffic on Lougheed Highway at the entrance ramp to Golden Ears Way.


Hiker found

A hiker lost over night in Golden Ears Provincial Park was found with the help of a RCMP helicopter.

The 28-year-old Burnaby resident was reported missing by friends just before 9 p.m. Saturday.

Ridge Meadows RCMP, along with Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue and RCMP Lower Mainland District traffic services helicopters were called in to locate the man.

Search teams looked for him overnight in hiking areas around the West Canyon Trail.

The missing man was found by a RCMP helicopter around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. He was not inured.


Teens robbed

Two teenage boys were robbed by a pair of men early Saturday in Pitt Meadows.

The pair were walking on McMyn Road, near 191B Avenue, around 2:10 a.m., when they were confronted by two men.

One of the men threatened the teens by telling them to give up their money.

Police said the thieves got a small amount of cash before they walked away, but may have left the area in a blue BMW sedan.

The teenage boys were not injured during the robbery.


Motorbike crash

A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital Friday following a collision with a pickup truck.

The 41-year-old  was stabilized by paramedics with the B.C. Ambulance Service before he was flown out from Alexander Robinson elementary.

The crash between the pickup truck and motorcycle happened just before 6 p.m. on Dewdney Trunk Road at 240th Street.

Police found out the 23-year-old man behind the wheel of the pickup was prohibited from driving, so he was arrested at scene.

Details of the crash are still being investigated, including whether the driver ran a red light.


Break-in attempt

A Maple Ridge man was arrested by police on Thursday after he allegedly broke into a store, but was caught inside by the owner.

Ridge Meadows RCMP received a call about a break-in at Primerica on Harris Road in Pitt Meadows.

Police responded to the call and found a man being held by the store owner and his son.

Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said the man attempted to steal a computer from the business after it closed for the day.

Paul Sweet has since been charged with theft and break-and-enter.