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Oversized Rig Slams into Overpass and Causes $500,000 in Damage

Posted on Dec 11, 2013

On October 29, 2013, a truck crashed into the Ladner Trunk Road overpass in Delta, causing severe damage and bringing traffic on Highway 99 to a standstill for hours.

Police say that the truck was traveling southbound on Highway 99, carrying an over-height steel tank, when it slammed into the overpass at approximately 2:30 p.m.  

Police shut down both Highway 10 and Highway 99 for hours afterwards due to concerns about the structural integrity of the overpass, causing a commuter nightmare for those traveling to and from Surrey, White Rock, and Delta.

The Ministry of Transportation sent out engineers to assess the damage. They concluded that significant damage to the outside girders occurred. Repairs will cost nearly $500,000—the ministry is working with ICBC to recover those costs.

The owner of the truck, Bestlink Transport, said the accident occurred because the driver, a 20-year-veteran, missed an off ramp.

The truck driver, whose name was not released, was fined more than $600 for the crash including $138 for improper logbook maintenance, $105 for carrying an over-height load, and $414 for the damage to the overpass.

Meanwhile, authorities closed the Trans-Canada Highway out in Langley, after a two-vehicle crash left one person dead near Highway 1. Authorities are blaming early morning fog and speeding for the collision at 232nd Street in Langley.

According to Sgt. Peter Thiessen, a SUV was driving eastbound at around 4 in the morning, when it hit a construction vehicle parked on the side. The SUV caught fire, causing fatal injuries to the single occupant, whose name has not yet been released. Police are investigating.

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