Highway 27 vehicle collision claims lives

At 2:00 a.m. on Saturday July 29, Vanderhoof RCMP were called to a report of a motor vehicle collision. One vehicle was in a ditch, at Bear Club Forest Service Road and Echo Lake Road, on Highway 27 between Vanderhoof and Fort St. James.

When officers arrived they found a sedan overturned with two people inside.

27 year old Dustin Schamehorn and 25 year old Miles Clayton Filewood, both from Fort St. James, were pronounced deceased upon police arrival.

Members of the North District Traffic Service Unit attended to assist with the investigation, once it was determined the two occupants of the vehicle had died as a result of the collision.

At this time, investigators believe the vehicle hit a power pole, causing it to flip off the roadway. Speed and alcohol are believed to have been contributing factors to the collision.

The highway was closed while the investigation was undertaken and BC Hydro replaced the downed power pole. The highway did not fully reopen until approximately 2:00 p.m. on July 30.

– from Vanderhoof RCMP press release