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One dead, two injured in highway crash

One man is dead and two others, including a Surrey man, are in hospital with serious injuries following a crash Monday night involving three semi-trailers.

Police say the loaded commercial trucks – one driven by a Surrey man – collided on Highway 1 near Hope around 9:15 p.m., when a southbound 2001 Peterbuilt Super B carrying lumber failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the double-solid centre line and struck a northbound semi head-on. The Peterbuilt was being driven by a 30-year-old Abbotsford man; the second semi, a 2001 Volvo tractor, was being driven by a 55-year-old Surrey man.

The trucks came to rest blocking the entire roadway. The Volvo was then struck broadside by the third semi, which was also headed south with a load of lumber.

Drivers of the first two trucks were taken to Canyon Hospital in Hope with serious injuries. The third semi driver, a 43-year-old Abbotsford man, was not injured.

The Surrey man's co-driver, a 50-year-old Calgary man, died at the scene. His name has not been released.

Police believe heavy snowfall and slippery road conditions may have been factors in the crash, however, all three trucks will undergo mechanical inspections.

Highway 1 was expected to remain closed in both directions until noon Tuesday.

Anyone who witnessed the crash but did not speak with police at the scene is asked to contact Const. Steve Small at 604-702-4039.

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