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UPDATE: Two fatalities in highway 16 crash

The highway was closed for 12 hours

UPDATE: Two fatalities in highway 16 crash

Two people were fatally injured as a result of a collision on Wednesday August 9, at 5:46 p.m. on Highway 16 near Guest Road, 40 km east of Vanderhoof towards Prince George.

A Chev Cavalier travelling west on highway 16 crossed the center line and struck a loaded logging truck on the driver’s side fuel tank. The two people in the car were deceased at the scene. The driver of the logging truck was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released from hospital. Names have not been made public.

Initial information received from witnesses indicate that car may have lost control prior to colliding with the logging truck. RCMP say the investigation is ongoing and contributing factors have yet to be determined and ask that anyone who may have information on this crash to call the North District Traffic Services at 250 649-4004.

The highway was closed for 12 hours, only reopened on Thursday morning. Although DriveBC stated there was no detour, traffic did make their way around via Blackwater Road and the Bobtail Forest Service Road.