SQUAMISH (NEWS 1130) – Investigators have deemed a fiery crash on the Sea to Sky highway was a head-on collision, saying it occurred when a northbound pickup truck crossed the centre line and hit a minivan carrying seven people about 7:30 on Tuesday night.
The driver of the minivan and one passenger died at the scene. Four of the remaining van passengers received minor to serious injuries, while a fifth was taken to the hospital and remains in a critical condition. The driver of the pickup truck is in a serious condition in hospital.
Highway 99 was re-opened to traffic more than six hours after the crash, which happened north of Squamish near Alice Lake.
“It was a two-vehicle fatal collision that occurred north of Squamish last evening and we re-opened the road after our investigation. That scene has come to a conclusion,” says RCMP Staff Sgt. Mike Ingles.
“Eight people [were] involved in the collision and at this point, there is at least two fatalities.”
RCMP is yet to determine the factors that caused the pickup to drive into oncoming traffic.
Video on Twitter shows the highway near the Cheekye Bridge ablaze in lights from emergency vehicles last night.
Some drivers have suggested there was black ice on that patch of road at the time of the collision.