Police say the two people who died in a highway crash north of Campbell River on Sunday were from the Pacific Northwest.
According to police, the two-vehicle crash occurred approximately 10 kilometres north of Campbell River at around 5:40 p.m. on Highway 19.
Police said a vehicle from Washington state was going north on the highway when it was struck by a pickup truck heading south, which had crossed the centre line on a right-hand curve.
A man and a woman, both in their 50s and from the Pacific Northwest, were pronounced dead at the scene. Three other people involved in the crash are in hospital with serious injuries.
Police said due to privacy, the names of the deceased and individuals under medical care are not being released.
Campbell River RCMP Major Case Unit is investigating the cause of the crash. Alcohol and speed have not been ruled out as contributing factors.
BC Coroners Service is also investigating the two deaths.
“This is a very tragic incident,” Const. Maury Tyre of the Campbell River RCMP said in a statement.
“Our hearts go out to the families who have been affected by this sad event. We would like to offer our thanks to the Campbell River Fire Department, BC Ambulance Services, and the many other off duty first responders who provided first aid at the scene. The efforts of these caring and professional people greatly assisted in the care and well being of injured people at the scene.”
Any witnesses to the crash who did not speak to police at the time of the collision, anyone with more information or anyone who has dashcam footage is asked to call Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221.