Last weekend, two separate collisions on B.C. highways tragically resulted in the deaths of three adults and one child while a second child is facing life-threatening injuries.
West Kootenay Traffic Services stated on February 24 that around 7:50 a.m. on February 22, Revelstoke RCMP and RCMP Trans Canada East Traffic Services responded to a report about a collision between two commercial transport vehicles on Highway 1 about 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of Revelstoke near Three Valley Gap.
Upon arrival, officers found two males dead at the scene.
Based on the initial investigation, investigators found that an eastbound commercial tractor-trailer lost control and slid sideways across the lanes. That vehicle struck a westbound commercial transport vehicle. Both vehicles erupted into flames.
Neither vehicle was transporting any dangerous goods.
The driver of the second vehicle was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Unfortunately, the driver and passenger of the first vehicle were unable to exit their vehicle and died.
B.C. RCMP have notified their families in Ontario.
The B.C. Coroners Service is conducting a fact-finding investigation to determine the details of their deaths.
According to RCMP, initial indications suggest that speed relative to poor road conditions were a main contributing factor. RCMP are investigating if there are any other factors contributing to the crash.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact RCMP Trans Canada East Traffic Services.
In a separate incident, Kamloops RCMP stated on February 24 that at 5:45 p.m. on February 23, RCMP responded to a report of a motor-vehicle incident on Highway 5A near Stump Lake.
According to initial findings, investigators determined that a northbound car failed to negotiate a curve, went over a concrete barrier, and fell down a steep embankment.
The 47-year-old male driver was found dead at the scene.
Two children passengers, aged five and eight, were rushed to hospital. While the eight year old succumbed to injuries, the five year old remains in grave condition in a Vancouver hospital. (B.C. RCMP initially stated the five year old was six but later sent a correction.)
All three individuals were from southern Alberta.
B.C. RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are continuing the investigation into the incident.