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Motorcyclist dies in fatal crash on Port Coquitlam side of Pitt River Bridge

The bridge has since reopened, but eastbound access towards Pitt Meadows was closed to traffic for several hours.
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Coquitlam RCMP say a motorcyclist was killed in a fatal crash with a crane truck on the Pitt River Bridge Monday night (Aug. 22).

An investigation is ongoing into a fatal crash on the Pitt River Bridge that claimed one life Monday night (Aug. 22).

RCMP confirms with the Tri-City News a motorcyclist died after colliding with a crane truck near mid-span on the bridge while heading east on the Port Coquitlam side.

Police responded to the incident just after 6:30 p.m.

Lougheed Highway eastbound was closed for nearly eight hours as a result of the incident, and fully reopened around 2 a.m. this morning (Aug. 23) after officers collected evidence and traffic specialists conducted an investigation.

Spokesperson Const. Deanna Law says the crane truck's operator remained on scene and cooperated with Mounties.

Contributing factors that led to the crash are not known, as of this publication, and Law adds no other information is being released at this time while the case is still active.

Coquitlam RCMP's Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) attended the scene, as well as the Lower Mainland Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS).

Anyone with more information about the crash is encouraged to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.