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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sad News From Canada

Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of Harold Hammond, owner of Hammond Towing, who died on Mar. 13 after his pickup truck was hit. Here's the story from the Langley Advance:

The driver of a pickup truck sent flying off the Langley Bypass died in hospital Sunday, two days after the crash.
Harold Hammond, of Hammond Towing, was at the wheel of the blue pickup truck heading east near the 20500 block of the bypass.
Langley police say a large white delivery van apparently made an illegal left hand turn, striking the pickup and sending both cars spinning.
Hammond’s pickup flew into the ditch on the south side of the road, near a car dealership.
Both vehicles spun and flew off after the crash. The white van shed parts across dozens of feet of the roadway before coming to rest in the middle of the Bypass.
He and his passenger were taken to Royal Columbian Hospital for treatment. The driver of the white van was not seriously injured.
Witness Tressa Japp, who is a first aid instructor from Boston Bar, was the first person on the scene to offer aid to the men in the pickup.
The passenger in particular was in bad shape, Japp thought. His head had apparently hit the windshield – a bloody mark remained there – and his knee was injured.
“The passenger was in and out [of consciousness],” Japp said. “He could hardly even sit up.”
Shortly after the crash, the police said they believed both men were in serious but stable condition.
The Bypass was closed shortly after 9 a.m. for several hours so crash reconstruction teams could comb over the scene to determine what happened.
Both vehicles have been seized for mechanical inspections. Langley Traffic Services are now investigating, and charges are possible, said Cpl. Holly Marks.

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