2 killed in separate crashes

Vancouver Island RCMP are investigating whether fog can be blamed for a pair of separate crashes that claimed two lives in Port Alberni Tuesday.

The first crash happened just after 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Burde Street and Carrier Road when a pickup smashed into a car turning left. Both vehicles rolled into the ditch and the driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, reports CTV News.

"Visibility at the time was poor due to the dense fog in the area," said Port Alberni RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Amelia Hayden.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. emergency crews were called to a head-on collision between a dump truck and two other vehicles. One of the drivers was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the dump truck and the other vehicle involved suffered only minor injuries.

"It is very early into this investigation and we don’t know what the causes are for this terrible crash at this time," said Hayden. "Once again however visibility in the area was significantly hampered by the dense fog."

with files from CTV Vancouver Island 

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