Good Samaritan dies after Coquihalla Crash

By Doug Collins
February 13, 2018 - 5:27am

MERRITT — A tragic accident on the Coquihalla highway Sunday.

A man who had stopped to help victims of a multi-vehicle accident was himself killed when he was hit by a passing vehicle. 

During the noon hour Sunday, there was a pileup on Larson Hill, about 32 kilometers south of Merritt. The north bound lanes were closed for about 10 hours to allow crews to deal with the situation. 

Six vehicles were involved. The 35-year old victim, a resident of the Lower Mainland, had stopped to render assistance when he was struck and killed by another vehicle. 

A 78-year old man suffering critical injuries was taken by air ambulance to Royal Inland Hospital. His injuries are now listed as serious. 
Two others were taken to hospital with more minor injuries. 

Central Interior Traffic Services says the accident is believed to be speed relative to the conditions, and changing weather conditions in shady spots on that section of roadway. 

Police are asking anyone who has any information about the accident, and hasn't spoken with them yet to contact Central Interior Traffic Services.
Their number is 250-378-4262, quoting file 2018-644.


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