B.C. man dies from medical condition while driving semi on Highway 9

A 60-year-old British Columbia man died from a medical condition while driving a semi on Highway 9 near Badger Road early Wednesday, Jan. 21, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Arnold A. Eakins was driving north on Highway 9 around 5:30 a.m. when the semi went off the road into a ditch, Trooper Mark Francis said. A truck driver from the same company, Triton Transport, heading southbound saw the semi on the side of the road and found Eakins unresponsive inside, Francis said.

Eakins, who is from North Vancouver, suffered a sudden medical problem and died from that, not the crash, Francis said. The semi was hauling an empty flatbed trailer. Damages to the truck were minimal, Francis said.

Both directions of Highway 9 around the crash site were closed for about four hours for the investigation. The semi was then driven from the scene.