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Fatal Richmond crash leads to gas leak, evacuations

The wreckage of a Corvette is seen at the scene of a fatal crash that caused a gas leak and the evacuation of several businesses in Richmond on Saturday.
The wreckage of a Corvette is seen at the scene of a fatal crash that caused a gas leak and the evacuation of several businesses in Richmond on Saturday. Global News

A collision between a semi truck and a Corvette in Richmond has left one person dead and prompted an evacuation of several businesses.

Richmond RCMP says it happened just after 6:30 a.m. Saturday, near the intersection of Nelson and Blundell roads.

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Police say the truck collided with the Corvette, sending the sports car “careening into a gas pipeline structure along the side of the road.”

Police say the Corvette driver, the vehicle’s lone occupant, “succumbed to her injuries.”

Several people identifying themselves as the victim’s friend have since reached out to Global News to say the victim was male. Global News has requested clarification from the RCMP.

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The truck driver appears to be shaken but otherwise unhurt, said police.

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The crash caused a gas leak, prompting police to evacuate businesses in the area as a precaution.

Investigators said gas crews and collision investigators were on scene.

Traffic along Nelson Road is expected to remain closed for “most of the day.”

First responders to collaborate on crisis calls in Richmond
First responders to collaborate on crisis calls in Richmond