Alcohol and speed have not been ruled out as possible causes for a Sunday evening highway crash north of Campbell River that left two people dead and three in hospital.
RCMP said a man and a woman were killed. Both are in their 50s and described as “residents of the U.S. Pacific Northwest.”
Three others suffered serious injuries and are in hospital. Names of the dead and injured have not been released.
The crash occurred on Highway 19 about 10 kilometres north of Campbell River at 5:40 p.m. A northbound vehicle registered in Washington state collided with a southbound pickup truck.
RCMP said the pickup crossed the centre line on a right-hand turn.
Besides Mounties, the Campbell River Fire Department and the B.C. Ambulance Service responded.
Witnesses and anyone with information or dash-cam footage are asked to contact Campbell River RCMP.
The B.C. Coroners Service is also investigating.