Man dies after stopping to help others involved in Coquihalla Highway crash

The man who was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on the Coquihalla Highway Thursday was struck by a vehicle after he had stopped to offer assistance

The man who was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on the Coquihalla Highway Thursday was struck by a vehicle after he had stopped to offer assistance.

The series of crashes occurred about 5:30 p.m. near the Coldwater Road interchange, and forced the closure of the highway for more than seven hours.

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Merritt RCMP say a small car initially collided with a northbound commercial truck, but no one was injured.

Those involved were exchanging information on the side of the road, and a 47-year-old Salmon Arm man had stopped to help, when two additional vehicles crashed into them.

The Good Samaritan was killed, while two of the people exchanging information were critically injured. They were flown to hospital by air ambulance.

BC Emergency Health Services says four others were also taken to hospital in stable condition.

The crash closed the highway until 1 a.m., leaving motorists looking to get an early jump on the long weekend stuck for hours.

The tragic crash is reminiscent of a similar fatal collision in 2017, when UBC Okanagan student Melissa Mimura was killed after she exited her car on the Coquihalla. She had just crashed on the slippery road, and was hit by a Jeep that also lost control.

The driver of the Jeep was recently fined $1,500 after pleading guilty to driving without due care.

Police continue to investigate Thursday's fatal crash.

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