UPDATE: One dead, seven hurt in crash on Lower River Road

Van carrying nine, 2nd vehicle collide near Vancouver Lake

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Updated: August 5, 2012, 11:06 PM

 

One person died and three others were in serious condition at local hospitals after a van and a truck collided on Lower River Road near Vancouver Lake about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Vancouver police said the truck was eastbound on Lower River Road at Milepost 4 when it and veered into the westbound lane, crashing into a van carrying nine people.

Initial reports were eight people were injured. One of those later died.

Vancouver and Fire District 6 firefighters and AMR ambulance crews responded. The identities of the victims were not released.

Firefighters were concerned when smoke came from the van and a firefighter said it was “starting to light up.”

Life Flight helicopter was called but later cancelled.

There were repeated calls for ambulances as crews arrived and assessed injuries.

The Vancouver Traffic Unit is investigating and Lower River Road was closed late Sunday night.