CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C- A crash along Highway 19a has left one person dead this morning.

According to Sergeant Craig Blanchard, the unit commander of the RCMP’s North Island Traffic Services based out of Campbell River, a call came in around 8:30 a.m. about a two-vehicle collision along the highway south of Jubilee Parkway.

The crash involved a northbound motorcyclist, and a southbound dump truck. Blanchard said the driver of the motorcycle was deceased at the scene.

Police are still working on figuring out what happened, and the route has been closed in both directions at Heard Road in Campbell River.

Drivers are being directed to a detour via Angles Road to Peak Road to Crawford Road. Northbound traffic is also being diverted at Hamm Road.

He anticipated it would be closed for the next “couple of hours” at least, as re-construction work is carried out.

Further information about the deceased or why the collision took place is not available at this time.