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1 person dead after serious multi-vehicle crash near Metrotown

Damaged vehicles at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash in Burnaby near Metrotown Friday, June 7, 2019.
Damaged vehicles at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash in Burnaby near Metrotown Friday, June 7, 2019. Twitter: @RealtyJeffrey

One person is dead after a serious crash involving multiple vehicles shut down Kingsway near Metrotown in Burnaby, just as Friday’s rush hour began.

Burnaby RCMP said up to eight vehicles were involved in the crash, which was reported to police around 2:30 p.m.

Two more people were taken to hospital as a result of the crash, but their conditions are not yet known.

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Traffic was shut down for hours in both directions between Nelson Avenue and Marlborough Avenue as police investigate.

The road finally reopened just before midnight.

The cause of the crash is not yet known, but the damage at the scene suggests speed may have been a factor. Police also said speed likely played a role.

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One witness said his friend saw the whole thing happen right in front of him.

“The car all of a sudden exploded up into the air and flipped right over in the air, and then landed on another car,” he told Global News.

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“If it had been a few more seconds [my friend] would have been in it himself,” he added.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage of the incident is asked to call Burnaby RCMP.