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Rock falls off logging truck, kills driver

Logging truck.

Ray Giguere/Globe and Mail files

A 52-year-old man has died after being hit by a rock that fell off a logging truck and crashed through the windshield of a pickup truck near Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island.

The RCMP say witnesses reported the two trucks were heading east on Highway 18 Wednesday morning when a rock fell off the first truck, bounced off the road, and smashed through the driver's side windshield of the pickup.

The driver of the pickup was seriously injured and taken to hospital but later died, while his female passenger wasn't hurt.

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Police are trying to find the driver of the logging truck, who they say probably didn't know what had happened and didn't stop.

This is the second time in a month that a rock crashing through a windshield has killed a person in B.C.

In early October, a 36-year-old Calgary woman died when a rock was thrown through the windshield by a transport truck on Highway 93 near Cranbrook in southeast B.C.

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