TWO people were killed in early morning accidents on Tuesday in Metro Vancouver.
In Vancouver, collision investigators with the Vancouver Police are continuing to examine the circumstances that led to a fatal collision on the Burrard Street Bridge just before 1 a.m.
An Audi R8 sports car was travelling north on the bridge when the driver lost control, crossed over the centre line, and collided with a southbound taxi. Investigators believe that speed was a factor in this crash.
Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and the collision caused at least one of the vehicles to burst into flames. The lone occupant of the Audi died at the scene, while the 68-year-old taxi driver and his passenger, in his 30s, were taken to hospital where they remain in serious condition. Both are Vancouver residents.
First responders are praising a driver who stopped to help right after the collision happened.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call Vancouver police at 604-717-3012. This is Vancouver’s 11th fatal collision of 2017.
The bridge reopened to traffic just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
IN North Vancouver, a 54 year-old female driver died as the result of a single vehicle accident in the 1100-block of Dempsey Road at approximately 7:30 a.m.
The North Vancouver resident was alone in her vehicle. She was driving eastbound on Dempsey Road and went off road right and descended over 30 feet down an embankment. The vehicle sustained significant damage. The driver was taken by emergency services to the local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and passed away.
This is a tragic accident, especially given the time of the year, said Cpl. Richard De Jong. The cause of the accident still remains unknown.
The Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) was called in to further investigate the incident.