Barriere man loses life in highway accident

Motorcycle collided with a northbound vehicle on the Yellowhead Highway last Saturday

  • May. 29, 2014 11:00 a.m.

The Yellowhead was closed in both directions for over six hours last Saturday due to a fatal highway accident in the Exlou area. Pictured: Southbound tractor trailer units waiting for the highway to open.

Barriere RCMP responded to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 5 about 10 kilometres south of Barriere at about 8 a.m. the morning of Saturday, May 24, 2014.  Police report a motorcycle was southbound and attempted to pass a tractor trailer on the two lane highway, but the motorcycle collided with a northbound vehicle.

The motorcycle rider, Kurtis James Genier, aged 34, of Barriere was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The occupants of the northbound vehicle were taken to hospital with unknown injuries.

As a result of the accident, the highway was closed in both directions while the Coroner’s Service investigated.  The highway was reopened at approximately 2 p.m. in the afternoon.

RCMP Constable Michelle Hall commented that the motorcycle driver had a learners license.  She noted that people with a motorcycle learner’s license are not allowed to drive unescorted, and are not allowed to exceed speeds of 60 km/hour.

Police are asking for the driver of the southbound tractor trailer to contact them.  The tractor trailer was not struck by the motorcycle, and is only being sought as a witness to the accident.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate this unfortunate death.



Just Posted

If you have N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee do not drink it

Interior Health advises N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill Coffee has been recalled

Ground breaks on new hotel project

The Best Western will add 72 new rooms for visitors

An armload of cute!

Spring is here and so are the animals

Spring has arrived!

The first day of Spring arrived today, Wednesday, Mar. 20, at 2:58 p.m.

Library fun for all ages

The Thompson Nicola Regional District Library in Barriere is offering a number… Continue reading

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

B.C. fire department offers tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Fierce house cat spotted as ‘aggressor’ in face off with coyote in B.C. backyard

North Vancouver resident Norm Lee captures orange cat versus coyote in backyard showdown

Wilson-Raybould to reveal more details, documents on SNC-Lavalin affair

Former attorney general has written to the House of Commons justice committee

Anti-discrimination group wants to map offenders with cross-Canada hate atlas

Morgane Oger Foundation issues call for volunteers to help build Canadian Atlas of Populist Extremism

Kater to launch ridesharing service in Vancouver by end of month

The Surrey-based company got its permits from the Vancouver Taxi Association

Most Read