By Laura Keil

A McBride resident has died and another is in critical condition after their car collided with a logging truck on Hwy 16, about 150km west of McBride. The coroner has not yet released the names of the victims, but police say next of kin have been notified.

The incident took place Nov. 7th, at approx. 2:45 pm about 2 km east of Purden Lake Resort. The Prince George Regional Provincial Traffic Services Section of the RCMP attended at the scene of the collision.

Highway Rescue reports it managed to pull a male victim from the passenger vehicle with the jaws of life and the man was taken to hospital in critical condition. The female passenger, a 66-year-old woman, was found outside the car and did not survive. The driver of the logging truck sustained minor injuries and was released at the scene after being examined by paramedics.

Police say the road conditions at the time of the collision were slushy. The weather was a combination of light rain mixed with snow, coupled with foggy patches.

RCMP say the causes of the collision are yet to be determined.

Hwy 16 was closed in both directions for approx. eight hours while police investigators conducted a forensic examination of the scene and the vehicles. The highway re-opened to traffic around 11 pm.

The collision remains under investigation by the Prince George Regional Provincial Traffic Services Unit and the BC Coroners Service.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or may have seen either of the vehicles, involved in this crash, before they collided, are asked to contact the Prince George Regional Provincial Traffic Services Unit at Tel# (250) 649-4004.