BARRIERE, B.C. — Barriere police say three people were found deceased early Thursday morning after colliding with a van on Highway 5 near the Oliver Creek Forest Service Road.
At about 6:50 a.m. on December 28th, personnel from BC Highway Patrol, BC Emergency Health Services, Fire Rescue, and the Barriere RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision involving a Toyota Corolla and a Ford Sprinter van.
Police say its preliminary investigation found the incident occurred after the driver of the Corolla, who was travelling south, attempted to pass a semi-truck and collided with the oncoming Ford van.
Corporal James Grandy with BC RCMP Communication Services said the driver and two passengers of the Toyota Corolla were found deceased.
“The driver of the Ford Sprinter van was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” Grandy said.
Highway 5 was closed for about six hours in both directions while RCMP conducted further investigation, but re-opened at about 12:50 p.m. on December 28th.
Police say the investigation remains in its early stages.