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Canadian driver dies when truck crashes into river near Hyder

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: June 21, 2017
  • Published June 21, 2017

A Canadian man died Tuesday when his truck rolled down an embankment into a river near the Southeast Alaska border town of Hyder, Alaska State Troopers said.

Ketchikan-based troopers were first informed of the wreck involving Garland Stevens, 40, of Stewart, British Columbia — across the Canadian border from Hyder –  at about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

"With assistance from the (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), it was determined that (Stevens) was the sole occupant of the Chevrolet truck that left the roadway and fell approximately 400 feet down an embankment," troopers wrote. "The vehicle had come to rest and was partially submerged in the Salmon River."

RCMP officers confirmed Stevens had died, troopers said.

Troopers and a village public safety officer from Saxman, as well as members of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, responded to the crash site.