A serious collision on Highway 99 Saturday (Oct. 19) between Whistler Village and Creekside has left one dead, according to local RCMP.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., Whistler RCMP were notified of a serious collision in the Nordic subdivision involving a southbound logging truck, which lost control around a bend and overturned, according to a release.
Logs spilled onto the roadway striking a southbound motorcyclist. The driver of the motorcycle was rushed to the Whistler Health Care Centre but was pronounced dead after succumbing to his injuries. The driver of the logging truck was taken to hospital for undetermined injuries, according to RCMP.
The logging truck also struck a northbound vehicle. The vehicle's occupants were taken to the health care centre as a precautionary measure.
"It's absolutely unacceptable that a logging truck should lose its load in the middle of our town, or anywhere for that matter, and the fact that this is the second time in a month that this has happened raises serious safety issues," wrote Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden on her Facebook page. "This is a police matter and I've asked our staff to liaise with the RCMP as to further action they propose to take."
Highway 99 near Nordic is currently closed in both directions while investigators examine the scene. A detour is available via Nordic Drive. Drive BC estimates the section of highway will be re-opened between 8 p.m. and midnight.