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UPDATED: Highway south of Powell River reopens following fatal motor vehicle incident

Investigation by RCMP and BC Coroners Service is continuing
AVOID AREA: A single-vehicle motor vehicle incident on the Lang Creek Bridge has been listed by Powell River RCMP as a fatal incident. The incident has closed traffic both ways on Highway 101.

Police are investigating a single-vehicle motor vehicle incident that resulted in the death of the driver and closed Highway 101 for several hours on January 24.

In a media release from Powell River RCMP, staff sergeant Rod Wiebe stated that, at approximately 8:15 am, police responded to a report of a vehicle incident on Highway 101 at the Lang Creek Bridge.

“Upon attendance, it was noted a pickup truck was in the creek, upside down,” stated Wiebe. “It was determined that the 2013 Ford F150 was northbound on Highway 101 when it lost control on the corner approach to the bridge. The driver over-corrected, sending the vehicle through the guard rail, and coming to rest upside down in the creek.

“Rescue efforts were unsuccessful and the 71-year-old male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Wiebe stated that Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstruction Services from Vancouver Island attended to assist in the investigation.

“The investigation by both the police and the BC Coroners Service is continuing to determine what caused the incident,” stated Wiebe.