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Update: Agassiz man dies at scene of collision

Car and truck collide at Lougheed and Ashton Road Thursday

An Agassiz man has died following a collision on the Lougheed Highway on Thursday afternoon.

RCMP say the 91-year-old Agassiz man was driving southbound on Ashton Road, nearing the highway. His 19-year-old grandson was in the passenger seat.

His car, a 2004 Ford Focus, reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by a Ford pick up truck which was traveling east on Lougheed.

Both vehicles ended up in the southwest ditch in the intersection, with major damage to the car. The air ambulance was called, and landed at the old Kent Hotel site. The Jaws of Life were used to take the roof off the Focus. Several first responders, including Agassiz firefighters, paramedics and at least one passerby, worked to get the man out of the vehicle and onto a stretcher.

However, the 91-year-old driver of the car died on scene as a result of his injuries.

The man’s grandson survived the crash, but was taken to hospital for minor injuries. The driver of the truck, a 74-year-old man from Agassiz, was also taken to hospital for minor injuries.

Sgt. Peter Thiessen said environmental and road conditions do not appear to have played a factor in the crash.

Several witnesses gathered at the scene shortly after the crash occurred, at about 12:50 p.m. Thursday. One woman who lives near the intersection said she heard a loud noise, and came out to see what had happened. Another woman lent a hand directing traffic.

RCMP have not released the name of the deceased.

 

 

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