Two fatal crashes last night

Two people died in separate single-vehicle crashes on snowy B.C. highways on the night of Feb. 20. 

At 8:25 p.m. Port Alberni police responded to a crash on Highway 4 six kilometres west of Sutton Pass. One vehicle with two adults and two children had left the road, went down a steep embankment and stopped against a tree. 

The 28-year-old male passenger died of his injuries. The 25-year-old driver and a three-year-old child sustained significant injuries, while the six-year-old remaining passenger had minor injuries. 

Failure to wear seatbelts is being considered by investigators to be a major factor in the severity of the injuries. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, and anyone with information is asked to call Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services at 250-248-6111.

At 9:20 p.m., Elk Valley RCMP responded to a single-vehicle collision on Highway 3 near the Sparwood weigh scales. 

A west-bound vehicle left the roadway and collided with a hydro pole. The sole occupant, a 50-year-old East Kootenay man, died at the scene. 

East Kootenay Traffic Services are investigating, and believe the icy road with blowing snow and -15 C temperatures could have contributed. 

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 250-420-4244. 

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