Week of carnage on B.C. roads results in the deaths of 20 people, including two from Kelowna

VANCOUVER - Twenty people have died on British Columbia's highways and roads in the last week, 10 of them within the last 24 hours.

Coroner Barb McLintock said Friday that investigations have yet to determine if weather conditions and impaired or distracted driving were involved in the carnage.

On Thursday morning, three people died in a head-on crash in foggy conditions on Highway 97 near Quesnel. Two of the victims were from Kelowna. The head-on collision between an SUV and pickup truck happened in dense fog conditions.

Two other people died in a separate crash near Fort St. John, also on Thursday.

RCMP Cpl. Jodie Shelkie said that when police arrived at a two-vehicle crash on the Alaska Highway, both drivers and the passengers in each of the vehicles were dead.

An hour later, a 29-year-old man from the northern community was killed in another crash.

RCMP in Langley, east of Vancouver, said a male driver was killed Friday morning when he was thrown from his vehicle during a rollover. Police are also investigating the death of an 83-year-old pedestrian.


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