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Nanaimo man dies in Coquihalla crash

A 44-year-old Nanaimo man was killed in a fiery crash on Highway 5 north of Hope Sunday at about 5:40 a.m.

The driver’s identity was not released pending further discussion with the victim’s family.

Police say the man had been travelling southbound on Highway 5 in his late model Ford pickup truck when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road.

The truck left the highway, entered the ditch and struck a concrete pillar supporting the Shylock Overpass.

Preliminary investigations suggest that weather and road conditions did not appear to have been contributing factors in the accident.

The RCMP Fraser Valley Traffic Services, provincial coroner and collision analysts are expected to continue their investigations.

Police are asking that anybody who may have witnessed the crash or observed what may have been the pickup truck call lead investigator Const. Gord Standcumbe of the RCMP Fraser Valley traffic services at 604-702-4039.

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