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Three people killed in Highway 3 accident near Sparwood

A head-on collision east of Sparwood claimed the lives of three people on Monday afternoon.

Elk Valley RCMP officials said first responders were at the scene of a “serious collision” just after 2:30 p.m. on June 6th.

According to police, an investigation revealed that a westbound SUV was trying to pass other vehicles when it struck an eastbound commercial tractor trailer.

“The collision flipped the white full-sized SUV, which then caught fire almost immediately,” said BC RCMP Division Media Relations Officer Sergeant Chris Manseau. “Quick-acting witnesses on scene rescued the commercial truck driver from his vehicle before the fire quickly consumed both the vehicles. The SUV was later determined to have three deceased occupants in it.”

Elk Valley RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are continuing their investigation into the crash.

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