Two fatal road accidents killing three people in Surrey and Delta on Sunday

Delta police investigating the scene

A head-on-colliosn involving two cars crashed and claimed two lives at King George Boulevard between 80th and 82nd Avenue in Surrey on Sunday.  The road closed both sides for most of the day as police investigated the scene.  “… It appears as though both vehicles were occupied by only the drivers. Both of which passed away at the scene of the crash,” police said in a news release.

In another fatal accident in Delta police probe the scene of the crash between a truck and a Jeep that left one person dead on Ladner Trunk Road and 104th Street in Delta on Sunday. It was the third traffic fatality within the hours in the area.

Surrey firefighters had heavy hearts Sunday after finding out one of their own died in a car accident on his way to work.

Ryan Hammerer, 44, a member of Surrey Fire and Rescue for 15 years, died when his Jeep, travelling eastbound in the 10400-block Ladner Trunk Road, went off the road and hit a parked semi-trailer truck.

Hammerer was the only occupant in the Jeep when the 8:45 a.m. accident happened. No one in the truck was hurt.

Delta police spokesman Sharlene Brooks said it’s unclear what happened. “My understanding is the vehicle went off the road and struck a stationary semi-truck,” she said.

Brooks said she didn’t know why the truck was parked at the side of the road. “It could have been broken down … ” she said.

Surrey Fire Fighters Association president Mike McNamara said it was a very difficult day for firefighters at the Fleetwood fire hall where Hammerer was based. “He was very well-liked and respected,” said McNamara.

He said they’re waiting to hear what happened as Hammerer travelled from his home to work.

“This is just horrible,” he said of the loss of Hammerer, who had a wife and two young kids.

One of the big things Hammerer did at Christmas was help with the Bright Nights event at Stanley Park, which raised money for the B.C. Firefighters Burn Fund.

“He did a tremendous amount of work for the Bright Nights event,” said McNamara. “You couldn’t ask for a more hardworking guy. Everyone is in shock. He was a big part of the team here.”

Surrey Assistant Fire Chief Chris Keon said co-workers were stunned over the tragedy.

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said it was devastating to hear about the tragedy.

“I know this firefighter and I am heartbroken to hear this tragic news,” she said. “My heart goes out to the family and my prayers are with them. I also want to extend my condolences to my Surrey firefighter family.”

The accident scene was closed for much of the day as traffic analysts looked at the crash.