Chilliwack man, 25, dies in fatal Labour Day car crash near Hope

Speed believed a factor in fiery crash on Hwy #5 at Box Canyon located south of the snow shed in the southbound lanes

A 25-year-old Chilliwack man died in a fiery single-vehicle crash near Hope on Hwy #5 Labour Day Monday.

Police investigators believe the driver, whose identity has not been released pending notification of family, died instantly.

The preliminary police investigation indicates the 1992 Acura Integra lost control at a high rate of speed crossing over a large gravel pull.

“It appears the vehicle launched into a large bush area and came to rest against a tree leading to a steep slope,” said RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen.

“The vehicle then became fully engulfed in flames,” he said.

Two travelers who happened by tried unsuccessfully to put out the flames, he said.

Excessive speed is believed to have “played a factor” in the crash as other road and visibility conditions were “excellent” at the time of the 10:30 a.m. crash.

Anyone who may have information about the crash is asked to call Const. Stancumbe at the RCMP Fraser Valley Traffic Services at 604-702-4039.