Two killed in highway collision near Sparwood


The East Kootenay Traffic Services are investigating a fatal collision that took the life of two Crowsnest pass residents.  The collision occurred at 9:50 am November 21st, 2011,  about 8 km east of Sparwood on highway 3.   Road conditions at the time were very poor.

A small SUV was heading westbound when it lost control and drifted across the center line and hit an eastbound CP rail pickup truck. The CP rail truck had pulled over to shoulder to avoid contact. The SUV then spun off this vehicle and was struck by an eastbound tractor trailer unit.   The collision ended up in Michel Creek with the tractor trailer on its side.

Search and Rescue, Main Roads Contracting, BC Ambulance, Sparwood Fire Department and Ministry of Transportation were all on scene.

The two occupants of the SUV were two females ages 71 and 62 from the Crowsnest Pass area.  The driver  of the tractor trailer and the CP rail truck were both uninjured.

Speed relative to the conditions is what early investigation reveals.

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