Man and his dog killed in multi-vehicle crash in Maple Ridge

Police are investigating a multi-vehicle collision that killed a 38-year-old Pitt Meadows man and his dog Tuesday evening.

The dramatic collision also injured three other people and forced authorities to close a stretch of road near the Golden Ears Bridge for several hours overnight.

Ridge Meadows RCMP said the man who died was behind the wheel of a Toyota Tacoma that‘s believed to have veered into oncoming traffic on Golden Ears Way near 203 Street at around 7:30 p.m.

"Early witness indications are that the Tacoma truck was traveling eastbound when it crossed over the centre line," said Sgt. Brenda Gresiuk.

Four vehicles were caught up in the dramatic collision, which put two other drivers in hospital with serious injuries. The fourth driver wasn‘t badly hurt, and received treatment at the scene.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the pickup ended up in the opposing lane, but they haven‘t ruled out impairment or distraction.

Gresiuk said the tragic results of the crash could make nailing down a cause impossible.

"We may never know what the driver of that vehicle was thinking," she said.

Speed is believed to be a factor, however. The section of Golden Ears Way where the crash took place has a curve, and area residents told CTV News they see many drivers ignoring the posted 60 km/h speed limit.

Golden Ears Way was closed for about eight hours overnight as Ridge Meadows RCMP and the Integrated Collision Analyses Reconstruction Service investigated the crash. The road reopened at about 3:30 a.m.

Anyone who witnessed the crash but hasn‘t spoken with police is asked to come forward and help with the investigation.

With files from CTV Vancouver‘s Nafeesa Karim