Sea to Sky Highway closed for several hours due to fatal collision

Squamish, Sea to Sky, Traffic Services, Collision Unit

2018-01-03 13:08 PST

File # 2018-050

On January 2, 2018 at approximately 7:30 PM emergency services responded to a serious collision on Highway 99 at the Cheekye River Bridge between Squamish and Whistler.

Upon arrival it was determined that a northbound pickup truck, being driven by a lone occupant crossed the centre line and collided with a southbound minivan, with seven occupants. It was subsequently confirmed that the driver and one passenger from the minivan were deceased at the scene. Four of the five remaining occupants suffered injuries from minor to serious, but non-life threatening. The fifth minivan occupant was transported to hospital and remains in critical condition. The driver of the pickup truck is in serious condition in hospital.

The highway was closed for several hours while Squamish RCMP, Sea to Sky Traffic Services and the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service continued to investigate this collision. Police have located and notified next of kin for the deceased individuals, however their names will not be released. The highway was re-opened at approximately 2:30 AM on January 3, 2018.

Police would like to remind the motoring public to ensure their vehicles are equipped with proper winter tires and be mindful of rapidly changing road and weather conditions as they travel. For more road safety tips, please visit the BCRCMP safety tips page.

Anyone with information regarding this collision, or the events that preceded it, who have not already spoken to police are asked to call Sea to Sky Traffic Services at 604-892-6100
 

Prepared for:
Cpl. Elizabeth Lynn
Sea to Sky Traffic Services
604-892-6100
 

Released by

Cst. Mike Halskov

E Division Traffic Services
Mailstop # 804 - 14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-2377
Fax: 778-290-6071

Email: E_Traffic_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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