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Volume cleared near Port Mann after crashes snarl traffic along Highway 1

Last Updated Oct 9, 2019 at 9:17 am PDT

(Darren Grieve, NEWS 1130 Photo)

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Things have cleared up now, but there were major delays for anyone trying to head west over the Port Mann bridge Wednesday morning.

Multiple crashes snarled traffic around 6:00 a.m.

“We have yet another multi-vehicle crash westbound on Highway 1 just after the Cape Horn interchange,” Darren Grieve in the NEWS 1130 Air Patrol said early Wednesday morning. “This particular crash, up to seven vehicles I believe I’m counting here, and only the HOV lane is getting through, and we’re back before 160th again.”

Even after lanes were reopened, volume remained heavy into Surrey from 176 Street for a few hours. A second crash nearby also wreaked havoc on the morning commute.

The stretch of Highway 1 west of the Port Mann is no stranger to crashes. There have been at least three or four in the past week.

“In almost the exact same spot,” Darren added. “Generally I would blame driver-error for almost every crash that I’ve seen, but there has to be something to this particular stretch of Highway 1. There are an awful lot of lanes coming off of the Port Mann Bridge, there are many lanes being merged right as you come off the bridge as well.”

It’s unclear what caused the crashes this morning, but emergency crews have done quick work to try and clear the scene.

Police say no one was seriously hurt.

Cpl. Mike Halskov with RCMP Traffic Services says he’s unaware of any explanation for why there seems to be a number of crashes happening in the same area. However, he notes a number of people use the route every day.

“There’s a lot of volume that travels Highway 1 on a daily basis, and these types of incidents are bound to happen,” he said. “We just remind all drivers to drive according to the road conditions, drive sensibly, keep your distance from other vehicles so in case you have to stop suddenly, you can.”

Of course, drive sober, wear your seatbelt, and always be aware, too.

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