RCMP Revelstoke Detachment along with Trans Canada East Traffic Service responded to a collision on Highway 1, 20 kilometers west of Revelstoke near Three Valley Gap in which two males were found deceased at the scene.
On Saturday, February 22, 2020, at approximately 7:50 am, RCMP members of the Revelstoke detachment and Trans Canada East Traffic Services attended to a report of a serious collision involving two commercial transport vehicles on Highway 1 near Three Valley Gap west of Revelstoke. The investigators have completed a preliminary investigation and found an 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. The BC Coroners Service’s fact-finding investigation will determine who died and how, where, when and by what means they came to their unexpected death. RCMP have notified the families of the deceased in Ontario. The driver of the second commercial vehicle was transported to hospital with minor injuries. 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.
Sergeant Rob Haney, Unit Commander of the RCMP Trans Canada East Traffic Services, said, The weather throughout British Columbia is always changing. Although the speed limit in the area was posted at 70 kilometers per hour, it is essential that all driver’s always drive to the road conditions. This often means driving well below the speed limit.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Trans Canada East Traffic Services.