A 72-year-old cyclist is dead after being hit by a five-ton truck at a busy intersection in Abbotsford.
Const. Ian MacDonald, a spokesman for the Abbotsford police, said several witnesses called police at around 9:15 a.m. Friday to say that a man on a bicycle had been struck on Bourquin Crescent at Mill Lake Road.
When emergency crews arrived, they found the man had already died at the scene. Police said the man was 72 years old and from Abbotsford, but released no further information.
MacDonald said a preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a five-ton commercial truck owned by an Abbotsford nursery was travelling eastbound on Bourquin Crescent when he collided almost head on with the cyclist.
"Early indications are the cyclist was riding in the wrong lane," said MacDonald.
The driver of the truck, a man in his 50s from Abbotsford, is "very upset and shaken," he said. No charges are expected at this time, but MacDonald noted that the investigation is still in the early stage.
Police do not believe speed or alcohol is a factor in the crash.
The incident happened near a busy transit loop so it was witnessed by many bus riders. Police are interviewing those witnesses as they continue with the investigation.
More to come.