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Coroner identifies victims in Hoffman's Bluff head-on collision

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May 09, 2013 - 5:08 PM

Two men killed in a head-on collision near Hoffman's Bluff earlier this week have been identified by B.C. Coroner's Services as 24-year-olds Michael Spencer from Sicamous and Christopher Thomas Boman of Salmon Arm.

According to the coroner's report, Spencer was the driver and Boman was the front-seat passenger of the pickup truck involved in a head-on collision with a semi truck around 9 p.m. on May 6. Both men were found dead on the scene after the truck burst into flames after allegedly crossing the centreline while traveling westbound on Highway 1.

One passenger managed to escape the wreckage with minor injuries, however the two men failed to escape. The semi truck driver, transporting butter, suffered a broken leg.

RCMP continue to investigate the accident and are considering speed and alcohol as contributing factors.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: or call (250) 319-7494.

12:24 p.m. May 7, 2013

Two men dead in head-on collision near Hoffman's Bluff

Two people are dead after a pickup truck burst into flames in a head-on collision on Highway 1 near Hoffman's Bluff last night.

Chase and Kamloops RCMP as well as fire and rescue crews were called to the scene at about 9:30 p.m. last night west of Chase.

Witnesses told police that a pickup truck had crossed the centre line while traveling westbound and smashed into a semi tractor trailer unit transporting butter.

The truck subsequently burst into flames. One passenger managed to escape with only minor injuries, however the male driver and other male passenger were unable to escape and died in the fire.

The semi truck driver reportedly suffered a broken leg and was transported to Salmon Arm Hospital.

The investigation is ongoing, and RCMP are considering alcohol and speed as contributing factors and await a B.C. Coroner's report.

Highway 1 was closed for about six hours but has since been reopened to single lane alternating traffic.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: or call (250) 319-7494.

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