Two men from Castlegar, both in their forties, died at the scene of a two-car accident early Friday morning.
The incident happened just north of Trail between Oasis and the Birchbank Golf Course.
Police issued a release Friday afternoon stating that Trail RCMP received the call of a head-on just after 4 a.m.
“Upon attending the location, investigators determined that a 47-year-old man from Castlegar was northbound in a Honda Accord on Highway 22 and crossed over the center line in a curve in the road,” reported Sgt. Chad Badry from the West Kootenay Traffic Services and Integrated Road Safety Unit.
“An oncoming Dodge sedan, driven by a 45-year-old male from Castlegar, was unable to avoid the collision and they collided head-on. Unfortunately, both drivers died at the scene.”
A passenger in the northbound Honda (towards Castlegar from Trail) received serious, but not likely, life-threatening injuries.
The highway was shut down for about five hours to complete the investigation and clean-up the scene.
Badry said the subsequent investigation determined road conditions were not likely contributing factors to the collision.
RCMP investigators with West Kootenay Traffic Services, in conjunction with the BC Coroners Service, will be working together to determine the cause of the collision.
Police will not be releasing names.
“When we have death like this, the police are assisting a coroner investigation,” Badry told the Trail Times Monday.”Those are not our names to release, and aside from that, it’s always out of respect for the families.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Kootenay Traffic Services at 250-354-5180.