Motorcyclist killed in collision north of Canal Flats

A 45 year old man from the East Kootenays, died at the scene.

Submitted by BC RCMP Traffic Services

On July 28, 2020 at approximately 4:55 p.m. (MST) Columbia Valley RCMP, East Kootenay Traffic Services and Emergency Services responded to a fatal collision on Highway 93/95 about eight kilometres north of Canal Flats, B.C..

Upon arrival it was determined that a group of three motorcyclists was going southbound when the lead motorcyclist lost control, crossed the centre line and collided head-on with a northbound pickup truck. The operator of the lead motorcycle, a 45 year old man from the East Kootenays, died at the scene. The operator and passenger of the third motorcycle were struck by debris, causing minor injuries and a trip to hospital. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck also sustained minor injuries and a trip to hospital as a precaution.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by East Kootenay Traffic Services (EKTS) in Cranbrook. The highway was closed for a time as police investigated and made the road safe for travel. There is no evidence to suggest this collision is criminal in nature and the weather and road conditions were reported to be good at the time.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact EKTS in Cranbrook at 250-420-4244. EKTS would like to thank the off-duty Collision Analyst from Vancouver who assisted at the scene.

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