Two dead after fiery crash on Trans-Canada Highway

RCMP, BC Coroners Service investigating fiery collision between two commercial transport vehicles

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A fire resulting from an MVI on the Trans-Canada Highway at Three Valley Gap on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Photo: DriveBC Highway cam

Two men are dead after a serious collision between two commercial transport vehicles on the Trans-Canada Highway near Three Valley Gap.

On Saturday, February 22, RCMP responded to a collision 20 kilometers west of Revelstoke near Three Valley Gap where the two males were found deceased at the scene. The driver of the second commercial vehicle was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

A statement from the RCMP says members of the Revelstoke detachment and Trans-Canada East Traffic Services attended to the report of a serious collision involving two commercial transport vehicles near Three Valley Gap just before 8 a.m.

According to the statement, a preliminary investigation has found that the eastbound commercial tractor-trailer lost control and slid sideways across the lanes striking a westbound commercial transport vehicle causing both vehicles to ignite into flames. Neither vehicle was hauling any dangerous goods.

The driver and passenger of the first commercial vehicle were not able to get out of the vehicle and are deceased.

The RCMP and BC Coroners Service are both conducting separate investigations. RCMP have notified the families of the deceased in Ontario.

The highway was closed for about four hours while police completed their scene examination and the highway was cleared. Initial indications are that speed relative to poor road conditions were a primary contributing factor. The RCMP will continue to determine if there were any other factors that contributed to the crash.

The speed limit in the area at the time was posted at 70 kilometers per hour.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Trans Canada East Traffic Services.