On Saturday, September 3, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Fort Nelson’s Northern Rockies RCMP and Northern Rockies Traffic Services responded to a two-vehicle head on collision at Kilometre 446 on Highway 97.
Two Fort Nelson males, ages 30 and 33, died as a result of the collision and one Yukon Territories male, age 55, sustained serious injuries.
According to authorities, the southbound vehicle appeared to have lost control while coming out of a turn. The vehicle began to slide, eventually colliding with the northbound vehicle.
Speed is considered to be a contributing factor in the accident, which shut down Highway 97 for 13 hours.
A passenger from the vehicle heading south was ejected from the vehicle upon impact and died at the scene.
The emergency response crew was forced to use the Jaws of Life to remove the drivers from both vehicles, who were then transported to Fort Nelson General Hospital.
The Air Ambulance was needed to transport both drivers to larger hospitals equipped to provide the necessary emergency medial treatment. The southbound vehicle driver died while on route.
The names of those involved have not yet been released as the incident is still under investigation.
Investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who may have witnessed the accident, or who may have seen either vehicle prior to the collision. Police are asking any witnesses to come forward and speak to them.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Northern Rockies Traffic Services Unit at 250-774-3883.