October 22, 2013 9:50 pm
Updated: October 25, 2013 9:57 pm

Construction company issues statement after fatal accident on Hwy. 1 in the fog

One person was killed in a two car crash on Highway One just east of Vancouver on October 22, 2013.

Kevin Macdonald

A highway construction company has issued a statement after a fatal crash on Tuesday on Highway One, between 232nd and 264 Street in Langley.

Sgt. Peter Thiessen with Lower Mainland District RCMP said in a release one person has been killed in a two-vehicle collision around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say an SUV type vehicle traveling eastbound along Highway 1 collided into the rear of a construction vehicle that was parked on the travel portion of the highway.

The SUV burst into flames, killing the driver.

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The construction vehicle was parked on the highway in the fast lane with all emergency equipment in operation.

Two workers left the construction vehicle moments before the crash and were not hurt.

Investigators say speed and heavy fog appear to be contributing factors in the crash.

Jakes Construction issued the following statement Friday to Global News:

Jakes Construction is deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred early Tuesday morning Oct 22nd 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim and all those affected during this difficult time.

We would like to state that precautionary safety measures were in place at the time of the accident. We have a reputation of being a very safe company and all our business practices reflect this.

Unfortunately, some very inaccurate and false allegations have surfaced. Jakes Construction has absolutely no record of any calls or warnings by any company or association in the days and hours leading up to the accident. Our statement is backed up by personal and written statements from all those involved in this tragic accident and the subsequent allegations.

We are deeply disturbed by the false allegations.

Once again, we would like to reiterate safety measures were in place and we take extreme precautions to ensure that our employees and the public are safe and protected.

We fully respect the process and results of the ongoing investigation and at this time we have no further comment.


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