British Columbia

Driver killed in early-morning crash in Coquitlam

RCMP say speed likely played a part in a fiery fatal car crash early Monday morning.

Vehicle slammed into utility pole; speed a factor, RCMP say

Police found a single vehicle, a Tesla SUV, smashed into a pole and engulfed in flames on March 18, 2019. The vehicle's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. (Coquitlam RCMP)

RCMP in Coquitlam, B.C., say speed likely played a part in a fiery fatal car crash early Monday morning.

A news release from the detachment says the crash happened on the Lougheed Highway at about 1 a.m. PT when a vehicle slammed into a utility pole and burst into flames.

Photos from the scene show a burned-out Tesla sport utility vehicle in pieces on the curb.

The driver of the car died at the scene.

Police found a single vehicle, a Tesla SUV, smashed into a pole and engulfed in flames. The vehicle's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. (Shane MacKichan)

Investigators are still trying to determine the identity of the victim and the B.C. Coroners Service is assisting.

The RCMP's Criminal Crash Investigation Team and reconstruction specialists are working to establish exactly what led to the crash.

A westbound section of Lougheed Highway between Blue Mountain Street and Alderson Avenue was closed overnight but police expected to have it reopened within hours.

Police believe speed was likely a factor in the collision. (Shane MacKichan)

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