Highway 16 claims two more lives

Two people were killed in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 16 east of Vanderhoof yesterday.

  • Tue Jan 7th, 2014 5:00pm
  • News

Two Vanderhoof residents were killed in a a motor vehicle incident involving a pickup and a semi trailer on Highway 16 west yesterday.

On January 6 at 3 p.m., RCMP were called to the crash 1 km east of Hillcrest Way Road, east of Vanderhoof,  where two victims were found deceased at the scene.

Witnesses advise that an east-bound Ford Ranger truck crossed the centre line and collided head on with a westbound tractor trailer unit. Witnesses stated the pick up truck appeared to have been travelling and got stuck in a deep rut on the south side of the highway. When the truck broke free of the rut it entered into the oncoming lane.

Both occupants of the pick up truck, a 56 year-old male and 79 year-old female from Vanderhoof B.C., died at the scene. The driver of the semi tractor trailer unit sustained minor injuries.

Highway 16 was closed for a number of hours as North District Traffic Services and a collision analyst continued their investigation.

The highway has since been reopened but the investigation is still ongoing.

Names of the deceased have not been released.