One dead in Highway 4 accident

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a tractor trailer on Hwy 4 on Sunday, June 26.

A man is dead following a crash that closed Highway 4 near the Ucluelet-Tofino junction for several hours on Sunday.

Ucluelet RCMP received reports at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 that a tractor trailer unit and a motorcycle had collided near Hydro Hill, 28 kilometres east of the highway junction leading to Ucluelet and Tofino.

Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services RCMP (CVITS) and Ucluelet RCMP attended, as did BC Ambulance Service and Ucluelet Fire Dept., RCMP Cpl. Michael Elston said.

“The collision occurred on a two-lane, winding stretch of road. Posted speed limit is 80 km/h but occurred on a curve with a 40 km/h advisory sign.”

The male rider on the eastbound motorcycle died after crossing the centre line on a curve and striking the westbound tractor-trailer.

The BC Coroners Service had not released the motorcyclist’s name by the News’ press time.

The highway was closed for several hours.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Const. Tamara Aquilini at Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services RCMP at 250-248-6111.

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