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Crash claims woman on Richmond's Highway to Heaven
A 78-year-old Richmond woman died of injuries she suffered in an accident that occurred shortly after noon on Wednesday on Richmond's Highway to Heaven.
It's the second fatality in less than 72 hours on No. 5 Road, just 2.5 kilometres apart.
Wednesday's crash occurred at an intersection where collisions have been relatively common, according to ICBC stats, which show 102 crashes between 2008 and 2012 at No. 5 Road and Blundell.
According to Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton, an eastbound Dodge Caravan travelling on Blundell Road collided with a northbound Toyota Corolla on No. 5 Road, with the two vehicles then striking a Mercedes heading west on Blundell shortly after 12:30 p.m.
Two women in the back of the Toyota were the most seriously injured, with a 52-year-old taken to Vancouver General Hospital, where she has undergone two surgeries and as of Thursday morning was listed in critical but stable condition.
The other woman, 78, was taken to Richmond Hospital with what initially appeared to be less serious injuries, but later died. Three others were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Florist Candy Wong, of Florist on the Fifth, said she's been working at the store for more than six years, and has seen many accidents at the intersection.
Though she didn't witness Wednesday's crash, and only heard the sound of the collisions, Wong said: "I think it's the biggest one."
While the intersection was blocked to traffic as emergency crews attended to the victim, it was open to traffic within an hour, unusual considering there was a fatality.
Ashton said investigators will now be looking for security video footage taken from nearby homes to search for the cause of the crash.
Ashton said the Integrated Collision Analyst Reconstruction Section will now try to determine what triggered the fatal crash.
But so far, no charges have been laid, and no tickets issued, Ashton said.