VANCOUVER, B.C. — A 71-year-old woman is dead and several others were sent to hospital after a large crash at a busy Port Moody intersection Tuesday afternoon.
Betty Pleshko was 50 yards from her home when she was hit by a flat-deck truck while on her scooter at at Ioco Road and Ungless Way.
She is survived by two daughters and three grand daughters. One of the daughters was with her at the time, but escaped injury.
The truck also hit multiple vehicles, resulting in many injuries. Three people other than Pleshko were sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
It is unknown whether Pleshko was already crossing the street when she was hit. Some witnesses at the scene reported seeing the truck flip over before it hit her.
However, Port Moody Police acting Sgt. Ian Morrison says collision reconstructionists are still determining exactly what happened.
The BC Ambulance Service sent seven ambulances to the scene, which was a tangle of debris and car wreckage.
Port Moody Police acting Sgt. Ian Morrison says the size of the crash will keep the intersection closed for much of Wednesday night.
“We’ll have the intersection blocked off until such time that the team are satisfied they have all the information they need,” he said.
“It’s tough for everyone involved, especially this women’s family. We’re certainly thinking of all of them, and will do our very best so we can answer any questions that come up.”
– With files from Darlene Heidemann