Emergency crews were on scene Wednesday morning on Highway 1 at the Vedder Canal where this car went off the road and into the water at about 5 a.m. Pictured above is a view of the west end of the bridge.

Emergency crews were on scene Wednesday morning on Highway 1 at the Vedder Canal where this car went off the road and into the water at about 5 a.m. Pictured above is a view of the west end of the bridge.

Chilliwack couple killed as vehicle plunges into canal

A Chilliwack man and woman were killed when their vehicle left Highway 1 and plunged into the Vedder Canal early Wednesday morning.

A Chilliwack man and woman were killed when their vehicle left Highway 1 and plunged into the Vedder Canal early Wednesday morning.

The two people, in their mid-50s, were heading east at the time of the 4:45 a.m. accident.

“For whatever reason, they left the road just prior to the cement barriers and ended up in the canal between the two bridges,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Jim Simmill at Fraser Valley Traffic Services.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Most accidents at the bridge over the canal have involved westbound, rather than eastbound, traffic.

The names of the victims are not being released until families are notified by police.

Early reports said the two people were inside the vehicle when it was pulled from the water.

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